De Mustela. cap. 74.
THe Wesell is called Mustela, and is so called, as it were a long mouse, as Isi. saith li. 12. for long is called Telon in Gréek, this beast hath a guileful wit, and nourisheth hir Kittons in houses, & beareth them from place to place, and chaungeth place and dwelling, for hir neast should not be found. The Wesell pursueth and chaseth Serpents, and ha∣teth and eateth mice. And of Wesels is double manner kinde, one dwelleth in woodes, and is more than other. And the Gréeks call it Lo•das, and the other go∣eth about in houses. And their opinion is false, that means, that Wesells con∣ceine at the mouth, & kitneth at the eare. as Isid. saith li. 12. The wesell is enemie to Sparowes, and lyeth in awaite for them and other small birdes, and swal∣loweth vp their egges: and if the We∣sels kittens fall by any hap in chins or in pits, and be hurt or dead, the Wesell heleth them with a certain hearb, & rea∣reth them from death to life, as Pli. sai∣eth, and eateth Rewe, and bawmeth hir selfe with iuyce thereof, and réeseth then on the Cockatrice, and assaileth and slai∣eth him without any dred boldly, as Pli. saith li. 8. ca. 22. There it is said, that the vertue of wesells is death to the Cocka∣trice, for God and kinde will, that no∣thing be without a help: the wesell kno∣weth soone of the Cockatrice, and goeth into his den, and slaieth him there, and is a beast that sléepeth much, and wexeth fat with sléepe, as the mice doe, that are called Glires, as he saith. Also li. 29. ca. 1. he saith, that ye wesell is of double kind, fame & wilde, & either hath gall yt help∣eth much against Adders: for their pre∣uie chose stinketh right foule, & stinking things is contrary to adders & serpents, and we meane, that their flesh helpeth a∣gainst venim. A wesel burnt to ashes, is helthfully done in medicine, & helpeth a∣gainst Litargie, ye sléeping euill, & so if a man fall into Litargy the sléeping euill, by venimme of an Adder, the ashes of a wesel tempered with drops of water, dissolueth and destroyeth ye strength and might of ye sléepe, as he saith: & ther it is said, ye pouder helpeth against festers, for kind yt is mother of all, gendreth nothing without great cause, as it is sayd. Li. 8. Arist. saith, yt the wesell fighteth against serpents, for either eate mice, & is a swift beast of mouing, & pliant of body, & full slipper & vnstable, & wise in smell, & hath a red & a white wombe, & changeth cou∣lour: for in some countries somtime of ye yeare all his skinne is white, except the tayle. His biting is malitious and ve∣nemous, and his vrine stinketh as the v∣rine of the mouse.
(*The Wesell Ictis and Mustela, a meruailous stinking beast if he be pur∣sued. Furunculus a little théefe, also a Wesell.)