This bizarre creature was first described in the notes of Casius Plinius Secundus, or Pliny the Elder, as he is more commonly known, as a large bull like creature, with the mane of a horse, and large horns atop its head, which curled backwards much like the horns of a ram. Pliny the Elder was born around 23 or 24 AD and over the course of his life wrote a 37 volume work on natural history, not to mention over 160 volumes of notes. These notes included numerous accounts of creatures we recognize today, as well as more than a few animals commonly known as cryptids, including the Bonnacon.
Also referred to as the Bonasus or Bonacon, medieval illustrations of the beast’s skin are almost always depicted as reddish in color and lacking any signs of hair. Some investigators feel that the Bonnacon’s lack of body hair is a result of the most biologically compelling aspect of the creature, its unique self defense mechanism. In Pliny the Elder’s notes of the Bonnacon, he described that the creature’s horns curved back in a manner that would render them useless in a fight and in order to save itself the creature would be forced to run away.
However Pliny tells us that as the creature retreats it emits a trail of dung that would sometimes cover a distance as long as three furlongs, or approximately 3 acres. Any contact with the creatures dung would scorch the pursuer like a sort of fire. This napalm like excrement may have given rise to legends that the Bonacon also had the ability to breathe fire, much like the European Dragon, making this creature deadly at both ends. Most researchers however, believe that this ability to breathe fire was falsely credited to the Bonnacon.
There is not evidence to suggest that a creature such as the Bonnacon exists in our day and age. Some researchers believe that the creature, in reality, may have been a form of Bison which may have once lived in central Asia.
No known sightings of the Bonnacon have been reported since the time of Pliny the Elder.
The Stats – (Where applicable)
• Classification: Unknown
• Size: About the size of a large bull
• Weight: Unknown
• Diet: Most likely grass like vegetation
• Location: Central Asia
• Movement: Walking
• Environment: Open grassy fields