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In the myth of the Basilisk, the monster was born from the egg layed by a rooster. And there were medieval processes, where a rooster was condemned to the death for laying an egg.

But how it was believed that rooster layed the egg? Was it the result of a sodomy? Or there is other explanation?

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According to E.V. Walter's article "Nature on Trial: The Case of the Rooster That Laid an Egg", such medieval animal trials where very similar in spirit to witch trials: the guilty animals were often believed to be possessed by evil spirits, demons, or the Devil himself. In "Legal Lore: Curiosities of Law and Lawyers", William Andrews writes about a particularly famous trial agains a cock which laid eggs:

... Satan employed witches to hatch such eggs, from which proceeded winged serpents most dangerous to mankind

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The poor cock was convicted, and condemned to death, not as a cock, however, but as a sorcerer, or perhaps a devil, in the form of a cock...

Therefore, it seems that there was no attempt at explaining in a rational or concrete way the acts against the natural order for which the animals were punished. They were simply the supernatural results of sorcery, or the work of Satan himself.

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