Of the animal called hutía.
Translated by Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert
There used to be in this island of Hispaniola and in other neighboring islands on this gulf an animal called hutía, a sort of four-legged rabbit, but somewhat smaller and with smaller ears, which were similar, like its tail, to those of a mouse. They were killed with the aid of small dogs the Indians had domesticated, mute dogs that did not know how to bark. The Christians were more successful at hunting them with the dogs they had brought from Spain—greyhounds, whippets, Spanish scenthounds, warren hounds, and a breed of small dogs called gozques. The hutías are brownish grey in color, according to those who saw them and ate them, and praised them as a good dish; and there are at present many people in this city of Santo Domingo who say so. These animals are no longer found, except very rarely.