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Ndzoodzoo

The ndzoodzoo is a type of unicorn from South Africa.

Unlike its smaller cousin, the abada, the ndzoodoo is large and can be aggressive, a trait shared with many members of the unicorn family. It is said to be larger than a zebra, fleet of foot, and fierce, ready to attack if a threat appears. While it is always differentiated from the rhinoceros when a description is given, sometimes explicitly differentiated, exact specifications on the color of the  hide and  and length horn vary greatly. It is sometimes said to be a dark brown color, while other reports describe it with similar markings to the quagga, an extinct subspecies of zebra with few stripes on the body and a brownish coloration. The horn varies from two-and-a-half feet long to a ten inch protrusion covered in hair. The horn is also sometimes said to be flexible when needed, and can be curled up to keep it out of the way when the beast isn’t fighting, giving it some similarity to the yale and its swiveling pair of horns. Unlike several of its cousins, the horn does not have the ability to detect poison or purify and heal.

The earliest records of this creature are seen in cave paintings done by bushmen in Natal, in which striped creatures with a single horn are shown. Several explanations have been put forth to explain its inclusion in both the paintings and later stories told to and by colonists and explorers in the area. It is possible that an antelope seen in profile would appear to have a single horn; it could also be a depiction of an injured creature or a sport, accidentally born with a single horn instead of two. Just as the Arabian oryx is thought to be a possible inspiration for the more common northern unicorn, it is possible that the gemsbok, also known as the southern oryx, inspired this Kalahari-version of the creature.

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.