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a depiction of a bonnacon, from a medieval manuscript.
Open grassy fields
The bonnacon (also called the bonacon or the bonasus) is a mythicalanimal from Asia. It has curled horns and when startled sprays acidic dung that burns on contact with skin "like a kind of fire". The legend may be based on a type of bison in reality. Some suggest that it had some resemblance to the European bison, which went extinct in the wild in 1919. A supposed representation of it appears on the coat of arms belonging to the Hollingshead Family, possibly alluding to a legendary confrontation between one of their ancestors and this beast.
The animal was described by Pliny in his Naturalis Historia: "There are reports of a wild animal in Paionia called the bonasus, which has the mane of a horse, but in all other respects resembles a bull; its 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 (604 m), contact with which scorches pursuers like a sort of fire."