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Bosh
Bosh
Naming
Binomen N/A
Physiology
Body type Caprid
Intelligence
Sentience Sentient
Sapience Non-sapient
Aggressivity Very low
Ecology
Place of origin China
Habitat Mountains
Diet Herbivore or Omnivore (presumed)
Locomotion Quadruped
Status Data Deficient
Behind the Scenes
Universe Real


The Bosh is (or was) a bizarre, mountain-dwelling animal reported in early Chinese bestiaries, such as Guideways Through Mountains and Seas (4th century - 1st century B.C.E.). It was said to have a goat-like body yet it is said that it possessed 9 tails and four ears, as well as an extra pair of eyes on its back. It was believed that wearing its skin as a belt could prevent one from becoming afraid.

It is possible to have been a real species of goat, assuming that the ears and tail were either a case of mistaken identity (objects, perhaps still growing out of the body, that gave the appearance of extra body parts but were in fact things like natural tufts of hair, extra horns, et cetera). The eyes on the back could have been markings that were intended to be or may have looked like eyespots from a distance. Given the medicinal/sorcery purposes proposed by the people of China, it is entirely possible that, if this species had existed at one time, that it may have very well been driven into extinction from overhunting.

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