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Folklore from Northern Cambodia describes a large wild ox that natives insist is different from the two other species of wild bovines known to live in the area, the gaur and the banteng. For a long time scientists ridiculed these stories. Without even investigating the kouprey directly,........scientists decided to actually investigate the problem instead of making opinion-based pronouncements from their offices half a world away. The kouprey was not a hybrid. It was a new species, and it was so different from all other wild oxen that it was proposed that it should occupy a genus all its own, Novibos. Its status as a species became official in 1961. Today, the kouprey is still almost as elusive as a mythical animal. Scientists have only rarely been able to observe it in the wild, usually from a distance. Despite their status as an official species, koupreys have had more adventures in the field of cryptozoology since then
Originally posted by whyshouldI trustyou2619
Found this video on the critter. I was surprised to learn of this animal. I assumed most "cattle" were domesticated or descendants of European domesticated "beef" I'd never heard of a "Forest Bull"
In 1964, Cambodia's Prince Sihanouk - who once kept a kouprey calf on his palace grounds - declared the kouprey his country's national animal. That same year, Wharton went back to Cambodia on a disastrous mission to capture kouprey for breeding. In one unbelievable mishap after another, his crew captured five of the animals and then lost all of them - two died and three simply escaped.
"It's almost like the thing has some sort of an ancient spell over it that man is not to learn about or capture this animal."