The Cryptid Zoo: Vu Quang Ox (or Saola)

The Vu Quang ox is just one of many new mammals to be discovered in recent years in the Vu Quang Nature Reserve of Vietnam. It is a goat-like animal from the ungulate family. It is more closely related to wild cattle than anything else, even though it doesn't look like a wild bovine. The Vu Quang ox has a number of unique and weird features, including distinctive glands on the face. It made big news when it was discovered in 1992, because scientists truly thought that there were no more large mammals waiting to be discovered. During the next decade, there was a steady stream of new animals discovered in the same area, so the Vu Quang ox was an important pioneer in the history of cryptozoology.

You can find out more about the Vu Quang Ox from the following sources:

Clark, Jerome and Coleman, Loren. Cryptozoology A-Z. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999. Pages 145, 213-214, 245
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Newton, Michael. Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology: A Global Guide to Hidden Animals and Their Pursuers. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2005. Page 6, 464, 477

Weidensaul, Scott. The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking and the Search for Lost Species. New York: North Point Press, 2002. Page 182

Wikipedia, The. Saola

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