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Bosh
Bosh
General Information
Species Type Goat-Antelope
Homeworld Earth
Environment China
Intelligence Non-sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Biological Information
Locomotion Quadrupedal
Feeding Behavior Herbivorous
Predators Human
Lineage Information
Cultural Information
Alignment Neutral
Sociocultral characteristics
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Earth
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Superphylum Deuterostomia
Phylum Chordata
Subphylum Vertebrata
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Mammalia
Infraclass Eutheria
Superorder Laurasiatheria
Order Artiodactyla
Suborder Ruminantia
Infraorder Pecora
Family Bovidae
Subfamily Caprinae
Genus Bosh
Other Information
Status Data Deficient

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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