Two-headed Wild Geese

Near the land of the Cynocephali or dog-headed men, there were many

islands, and, "Also in this yle, and in many yles thereabout are many

wyld geese with two heads." But these were not the only extraordinary

breed of wild geese, extant.

"As the wise Wilde-geese, when they over-soar

Cicilian mounts, within their bills do bear,

A pebble stone both day and night: for fear

Lest ravenous Eagles of the North descry

Their Armies passage, by their Cackling Cry."

Aristotle mentions the Crane as another stone-bearing bird:--"Among

birds, as it was previously remarked, the Crane migrates from one

extremity of the earth to the other, and they fly against the wind. As

for the story of the stone, it is a fiction, for they say that they

carry a stone as ballast, which is useful as a touchstone for gold,

after they have vomited it up."