The history of four-footed beasts and serpents describing at large their true and lively figure, their several names, conditions, kinds, virtues ... countries of their breed, their love and hatred to mankind, and the wonderful work by Edward Topsell ; whereunto is now added, The theater of insects, or, Lesser living creatures ... by T. Muffet ...
Topsell, Edward, 1572-1625?, Topsell, Edward, 1572-1625? Historie of serpents., Gesner, Konrad, 1516-1565. Historia animalium Liber 1. English., Gesner, Konrad, 1516-1565. Historia animalium Liber 5. English., Moffett, Thomas, 1553-1604. Insectorum sive minimorum animalium theatrum. English., Rowland, John, M.D.
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Of a Wilde Beast in the New found World called SU.


THere is a Region in the New-found World, called Gigantes, and the Inhabitants thereof are called Pantagones; now because their Countrey is cold, being far in the South, they clothe themselves with the skins of a Beast called in their own tongue u, for by reason that this Beast liveth for the most part neer the waters, therefore they call it by the name of Su, which signifieth water. The true Image thereof as it was taken by Thevetus, I have here inserted, for it is of a very deformed shape, and monstrous presence, a great ravener and untamable wilde Beast. When the Hunters that desire her skin set upon her, she flyeth very swift, carrying her young ones upon her back, and covering them with her broad tail: now for so much as no Dog or Man dareth to approach neer unto her, (because such is the wrath thereof, that in the pursuit she killeth all that cometh near her:) the Hunters dig several pits or great holes in the earth, which they cover with boughs, sticks, and earth, so weakly that if the Beast chance at any th••e to come upon it, she and her young ones fall down into the pit and are taken.

This cruel, untamable, impatient, violent, revening, and bloudy beast, perceiving that her na∣tural strength cannot deliver her from the wit and policy of men her hunters, (for being inclosed, she can never get out again,) the Hunters being at hand to watch her downfall, and work her over∣throw, first of all to save her young ones from taking and taming, she destroyeth, them all with her own teeth; for there was never any of them taken alive; and when she seeth the Hunters come about her, she roareth, cryeth, howleth, brayeth, and uttereth such a fearfull, noysome, and terrible cla∣mor, that the men which watch to kill her, are not thereby a little amazed, but at last being ani∣mated, because there can be no resistance, they approach, and with their darts and spears wound her to death, and then take off her skin, and leave the arcass in the earth. And this is all that I finde recorded of this most savage Beast.