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Camphurcii

The Camphurcii is an amphibious creature native to the Island of Molucca.

Described by André Thévet in Cosmography of the Levant, published in 1554, this animal has the body and forelegs of a deer, but the hind legs are those of a goose. It is endemic to “the Island of Molucca,” although which location is meant is difficult to ascertain, as the name has been used for several different islands. Its diet consists entirely of fish, and it is probably this, along with the strange construction of the body, that restricted it to the shores of the island.

Most impressive about this creature is the single three-foot horn protruding from the Camphurcii‘s forehead. Like the land-bound unicorn, the horn is purported to be a remedy against poisoning. Already considered rare because of it’s very limited habitat, if it did exist this creature would easily be pushed to extinction if it were hunted for its horn.