BONNACON: (ASIA)

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This bizarre, bison-like beast is said to be able to emit a trail of napalm-like excrement, which it uses to discourage predators.

Hailing from the steppes of Central Asia, this animal was first chronicled by PLINY THE ELDER who described it as bull-like animal, with the mane of a horse, and large horns, which curved backwards in much the same fashion as a ram. This beast has also been referred to as the Bonasus or Bonacon.

In medieval illustrations, this creature’s epidermis is almost always depicted as being almost scaly, reddish in pigmentation and apparently lacking in any hair. The Bonnacon’s lack of a pelt may be due to what many investigators feel is the most biologically compelling aspect of this animal; its unique self-defense mechanism – one which was chronicled in Pliny’s texts:

“(The Bonnacon’s) horns are curved back in such a manner as to be of no use for fighting, and it is said that because of this it saves itself by running away, meanwhile emitting a trail of dung that sometimes covers a distance of as much as three furlongs (approximately three acres), contact with which scorches pursuers like a sort of fire.”

This napalm-like excrement is a fascinating (though physiologically implausible) method for discouraging pursuers. It has also been suggested that this animal is capable of breathing fire, much like the EUROPEAN DRAGONS, but most researchers feel that this ability was probably falsely credited to this creature due to the vulgarity of its natural defense methods.