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The Mantabungal is dangerous beast to the Tagbanua people of Palawan island, in the Philippines. It is found primarily in the forests of Victoria Peaks.

Description[]

A mantabungal is like a cow or an elephant in body and makes sounds like a bull, but lacks horns. It has a long coat of shaggy hair that reaches the ground. Its monstrous mouth has two pairs of huge incisors – two above and two below – that it uses to tear its victims to shreds. Anyone who spends long enough in the wild knows that predators are wary and cautious, whereas herbivores can be aggressive and territorial. Although they eat only plants, they are violent towards just about any man-shaped creature that enters their field of vision. Such foes are trampled and torn to pieces, their bodies left behind as food for scavengers. Mantabungals have a seemingly instinctual hatred towards artificial structures, beast will destroy huts and other small buildings before attacking living targets.

Mantabungals roam around tropical warm mountains, and occasionally can befoun in the material plane. Mantabungals eat primarily fruits and fresh shoots, and will happily tear down trees to get to the choicest morsels. They typically roam alone or in a mated pair, but several such individuals may gather near watering holes or ponds like group of elephants.

Sightings[]

One man reported hearing bovine moos while staying in the mountains. Spooked and disoriented in the darkness, he ran into the forest as far as he could and spent the night shivering miserably under a tree. When he returned to camp, he found that the mantabungal had destroyed everything he had touched. His hut, gear, and even the firewood had been dismantled and chewed to bits.

Possible Explanations[]

The Mantabungal could be an extinct genus of elephant - Stegotetrabelodon or a Gomphothere. Manabungal cryptid shares similar description to these two long gone elephants, also it can be a new species of elephant, auroch or other mammal.

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