CHAP. XXXVI. Of the Batt.
PLato calls the Bat, a bird and no bird. Valla, half a Mouse. He loves Caves and holes in the earth. In the hollow place• of Apenni•u•, there were some thousands that lodged. It brings forth the young ones ready formed; when they are bred, they are first like young Mice, smooth and naked as young children: She suckles her young ones with her milk, and she casts them especially between the hollow places in Tiles or roofs of houses. They stick so fast to her Teats, that they cannot be pull'd off when she is dead. She, the second day after she hath disburden'd her self of them, flies to find food; but in the mean time she devours the secondines. Sometimes she is bred of putrid matter. Frisius saith, she proceeds from a sick∣ly excretion of the Ayr; she flyes with leather wings; or, as Isidore saith, born up with the membranes of her arms, flying winding up and down, and not far from the earth. When she is weary she hangs by her claws, the rudiments whereof they have in the middle of their wings: she will fly also with two young ones in her bosome. They eat Gnats, Flies, Bacon. They will so eat a flitch that hangs by a beam, that they will lye in the hollow place. In hot Countries they will fly at mens faces. In Dariene a Province of the New World, they troubled the Spaniards in the night: One of them fell upon a Cock and Hen, and bit the Cock dead, Martyr. Pompilius Azalius saith, That in the East-Indies some are so great, that they will strike men, passing by, down with their wings. The Argument of this, is their carcases that lie all over the Vale. The Storks eggs grow bar∣ren, if a Bat touch them, unlesse she take •eed by laying Plane-tree leaves in her nest: It is killed by the smell and smoke of Ivy, Aelian de animal. Locusts will not flye over the place, where Bats are hang'd on the Trees that lie open. The biting of it is cured with Sea-water, or other hot water, or with hot ashes, as hot as one can suffer it. Stra∣bo saith, That in Borsippa a City of Babylon, where they are greater than in other places, they are pickled up for food. So in St. John's Island they are skinned with hot water, and they are made like chickens with their feathers pull'd off with us; for their flesh is very white. The Inhabitants of the Isle of Catigan in the Sea del Zur, do eat them. They are as great as Eagles, and as good meat as Hens, Scalig. Exerc. 236. s. 3.