Of Caprea. cap. 22.
THE wilde Goate is called Caprea, & hath that name of Carpendo, gathe∣ring. Thereof Isidore speaketh; libro. 12. and saith, that they be called Capri & Ca∣pree, for they gather braunches & twigs: And some men meane that they haue ye name, for they climbe vpon hard crags: and some meane, that they haue that name of noyse that they make with their legges: and so wilde Goates be called Caprie, for they sée most sharplye. The Gréekes call them Dorko• and they dwell in high mountaines, and sée hun∣ters come a farre. And those same be cal∣led Ibices, for they cōe vpward into high places, as it were Birdes, so high that vnneth they be séene with mannes eien, as Isidore sayth, libro. 12. And he sayeth, that those beastes dwell in high Rockes and cragges. And if they perceiue some∣time, that they bée pursued of men or of wilde beastes, they fall downe headlong out of the high cragges, and saue them∣selues harmelesse on theyr owne hornes. And be called also Dame or Damule, as Papias sayth: Looke within in litrea D, de Damula.
Also this beast Caprea, the wild Goate, is most swifte in running, most light in leaping, most sharpe in sight, most swéete in tast, most tender & wholsome to meat, & most busie to gather his own meat: for the Goat knoweth diuersity of hearbs, of trées, of twigs, of braunches, & of spraies, which they eate and féede themselues of by sight, tast, & smell. Also Plin. saith, that the Leopard drinketh milke of the wilde Goat, and voideth sorrow and woe.