CHAP. XXV. Of Onocrotalus, and Rhinoceros.
ONocrotalus is from the tip of his bill, to the bottom of his feet, ten spans and more in magnitude, Aldrovandus. His vvings stretched forth make ten spans; under his lower mandibule, there is a receptacle like a bladder, as long as it, that hangs down at length. And that is so great that a very great man thrust in his leg as far as his knee, with a boot on, into his Jaws, and pull'd it out again, without harme. Perottus Sanctius reports that a little Blackmore was found in one. At Mechlin there was one of 80, yeares old, and for some yeares he went before the camp of the Emperour Maximilian, as if he would determine the place for them. Afterwards he was fed by an old woman at the Kings cost, who was allowed for him 4, Stivers the day, she fed him 56, yeares, when he was young he would som∣times fly so high into the Ayre, that he seemed no greater than a Swallow, Gesner. Also the cubit bones of his wings were covered with a membrane, out of which there arose 24, Tendons, that were so firmely set into them, that there was no way to part them. Gesner writes that he heard, he was wont to come once a yeare about Lau∣sanna by the Lake Lemannus. Rhinoceros is a bird whereof one was kild in the Ayre flying, at what time the Christians conquered the Turk in a Sea fight. The head was about two spans, adorned with black tufts of feathers, very long, and that hung downwards. The Beack is al∣most a span long, bent backward like a bow. A horn grows out of its forehead, and sticks to the upper part of his Bill, of a great magni∣tude. For about the forehead it was a hands breadth. Aldrovandus thinks it is, Pliny his Tragopanada.