Beware the Bonnacon

A bonnacon is a legendary medieval beast that struck terror into the hearts of man. First described by Aristotle, it was widely known by the time medieval bestiaries were written, accompanied by rich illustrations. In most illustrations, the bonnacon resembles a goat, although its feet were sometimes clawed and sometimes hoofed. It had two horns that curled toward each other. So what was so terrifying about the bonnacon?

The bonnacon's unique defensive weapon was explosive diarrhea. You could call this an offensive weapon as well. Over time, the bonnacon's eruptions became more and more exaggerated. The effluvia was said to burn like fire, cover three acres, and hit a target at quite some distance. Tales of the bonnacon were widely told, possibly as a gag rather than a fable, and it was illustrated over and over. In fact, the Public Domain Review has 15 images of the bonnacon in addition to the animal's history. -via Everlasting Blort

Newest 2
Newest 2 Comments

I wouldn't be surprised if it was based on garbled reports of hippos, who actually do spray intruders from the back end. If they aren't just chomping on them.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
Login to comment.

Email This Post to a Friend
"Beware the Bonnacon"

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.


Success! Your email has been sent!

close window

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using this website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

I agree
Learn More