Small Hom inid of West Africa.
Etymology: Mandinka (Mande) word. Variant name: Kudeni. Physical description: Large head. Long head-hair. Red eyes. Shaggy, black body-hair. Behavior: Walks upright. Grunts. Habitat: Dense forests. Distribution: Senegal; northern Guinea. Significant sightings: Long ago, a hunter from around Diaroume, Senegal, captured a female
Fating'ho and succeeded in taming it and having children by it. A daughter, named Na Fan-cani, was said to be of great beauty, and her descendants still lived in the area in 1945.
In November 1992, entomologist Malang Mane was collecting specimens at an altitude of 3,600 feet in a forested area of northern Guinea when he saw a man-sized, black-haired creature walk to within a few feet of him before it ran away.
Sources: Coly Dembo, "Étrange métissage (Casamance)," Notes Africaines, no. 27 (July 1945): 18-19; Karl Shuker, "The Secret Animals of Senegambia," Fate 51 (November 1998): 46-50.
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