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Veo

The Veo is a cryptid said to dwell on the island of Rinca (or Rintjah), Indonesia, described as an enormous pangolin the size of a horse.

Description

The veo was described as 10' long, with a long head and overlapping, bulletproot scales covering most of its body, although fur grows on the head, throat, belly, inner legs, and tail. Its scales are said to be bulletproof. It stays in the hills during the day, and comes down to the coast to feed - primarily on termites and ants, but also on stranded shellfish - during the night. It makes a "hoo-hoo-hoo" call, which is heard in the evenings. When threatened, it will sit up vertically and strike out with its claws.

Sightings

A Rintja hunter claimed to have encountered a veo near a place called Loho Buaji, alongside a policeman. Both men threw themselves to the ground and froze until the veo moved away.

Explanations

French hunter Pierre Pfeiffer suggested the veo was a dugong, which his informant vehemently denied. The Komodo Dragon is also native to the island, but is distinguished from the veo by locals.

No known modern pangolins grow to the size of the veo, but there was once a large pangolin that grew up to 8' long, Manis paleojavanicus, which lived on the nearby islands of Java and Borneo. Consequently, some cryptozoologists have suggested that the Veo may represent a relict population of the extinct Manis paleojavanicus.

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Sources

  • Pfeiffer, Pierre (1963) Bivouacs a Borneo
  • Mareš, Jaroslav (1997) Svět Tajemných Zvířat: Kryptozoologická Encyklopedie, Littera Bohemica, ISBN 9788085916164
  • Shuker, Karl "A Scaly Tale from Rintja", Fortean Times 116 (November 1998)
  • Eberhart, George M. (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology, ABC-CLIO, Inc. ISBN 1-57607-283-5
  • Shuker, Karl P. N. (2016) Still In Search Of Prehistoric Survivors: The Creatures That Time Forgot?, Coachwhip Publications, ISBN 978-1616463908

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