Book XII, Chapter XXXIX
Of the animal called cozumatle.
Translated by Kristine (Kasey) Drake ’23
Cozumatle is the name of an animal in the language of Nicaragua and New Spain. It is about the size of Spanish house cats; its fur is like that of a Galician marten, turning red around its stomach. Its heels are where the fold of the knee would be and its feet are long; it has strong but not dangerous claws; its head is very narrow, with a long snout and many thick teeth. They are found in many parts of the Mainland, and they have a long, thick tail like a cat, but longer than that of a cat, and one section is the color of the hair on its back and the other part the color of the stomach, and it is a good-looking animal. It is a very tame animal when not angry, because when angered, especially over food, it has a fierce bite; it is a very happy animal and very playful with the people it knows. I brought one of them to Madrid, in the year 1547, and I gave it to an Asturian gentleman who is a relative of mine.
 Identified by some sources as the pizote, coatimundi, or white-nosed coati (Nasua narica). [Editor’s note. English translation].
Image: Engraving of coati by John Gabriel Stedman in 1793, retrieved from the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.