Friday, September 16, 2011
Bonnacon: Monster Week Day 6
The Bonnacon (or Bonacon, or Bonasus) is a peculiar type of wild beast, described as large, hairy, and bovine, with the mane of a horse and horns that curve inward on themselves, so that as defensive weapons they are of very little use. The way this monster protects itself is by releasing a blast of dung and foul wind so powerful it can devastate a spread of land over three acres, burn down trees, and singe the fur off hunting dogs. The Bonnacon is first mentioned in Pliny, and from there it spread to bestiaries throughout Europe. Some feel that it may have been some kind of misreported bison or buffalo.