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Kting Voar


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Kting Voar or Khting Vor (Pseudonovibos spiralis), is a cryptozoological bovid of Kampuchea (Cambodia). The local name was first, misled by the assumption that this animal was related to sheep and goats, erroneously translated as "jungle sheep", but it means "liana-horned gaur" in reality. The Vietnamese name linh dong ("mountain goat") was once reported to refer to this animal, but it is a local name of the serow. Other Kampuchean names possibly include kting sipuoh ("snake-eating cattle") and khting pôs. It is noted for its peculiar twisting horns, about 45 centimetres (20 inches) long. Anecdotal descriptions of the animal mention a spotted pelage. Moch folklore surrounds this animal, namely that its connection to snakes.
The first evidence supporting the Kting Voar's existence known to Western science was a set of horns found by biologist Wolfgang Peter in a Ho Chi Minh City market. The horns were so different, he believed them to be from a new species.
Many believe that the Kting Voar is not a real animal, and that the horns are from cows. Cow horns are often sold as imitation Kting Voar horns in Kampuche markets. Some scientists, notably American mammalogist Dr. Robert Timm, believe that the Kting Voar exists, despite the sale of imitation horns. All supposed Kting Voar specimens that were subject to DNA analysis to date have turned out to be artificially shaped cattle horns. The most likely explanation, given the DNA testing results and the unusual spotted fur (which is well-known in domesticated, but unknown in wild cattle), seem to be that moden specimens at least are cattle horns shaped by a complicated technique to serve as anti-snake talismans. Whether this practice is based on a formerly or even still extant breed of domesticated or species of wild cattle is unresolved at present.
Reference:
Brandt, J. H. et al. (2001): Debate on the authenticity of Pseudonovibos spiralis as a new species of wild bovid from Vietnam and Cambodia. Journal of Zoology 255:437-444

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