Besides, Kotick was a white seal.
Mowgli then loses his temper and poorly attempts to fight off Baloo.
It's outright averted in the sequel, where he's much more serious.
What dost thou know of softness, old Iron-feet? It is I, Shere Khan, who speak! The air was full of all the night noises that, taken together, make one big silence—the click of one bamboo-stem against the other, the rustle of something alive in the undergrowth, the scratch and squawk of a half-waked bird birds are awake in the night much more often than we imagine , and the fall of water ever so far away.
The men were no less than Kerick Booterin, the chief of the seal-hunters on the island, and Patalamon, his son.
Nor do I think that ye will sit here any longer, lolling out your tongues as though ye were somebodies, instead of dogs whom I drive out—thus! Why should Petersen Sahib have chosen me to go down with you donkeys of the rice-fields? It grew darker and darker, till at last the dragging, shifting coils disappeared, but they could hear the rustle of the scales.