Mangarsahoc

Mystery HOOTED Mammal of Madagascar.

Etymology: Malagasy (Austronesian), "beast whose ears hide its chin."

Variant names: Mangarisoaka, Tokatongotra. Physical description: Donkeylike animal. Long ears. Round hoof like a horse's.

Behavior: Brays like a donkey. Tracks: Hoofed. Habitat: Rainforest.

Distribution: Ankaizina Mountains; Beala-nana and Manirenja Districts in the north-central highlands; north of Tôlagnaro in southeastern Madagascar.

PP'ossible explanations:

(1) Surviving Malagasy pygmy hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus lemerlei and H. madagascariensis) that supposedly died off within the past 1,000 years or so. See Tsy-Acm b y-Acm b y.

(2) Unknown wild donkey indigenous to Madagascar.

Sources: Etienne de Flacourt, Histoire de la grande isle Madagascar (Paris: G. de Luyne, 1658); Raymond Decary, La faune malgache, son rôle dans les croyances et les usages indigènes (Paris: Payot, 1950), pp. 203-208; Bernard Heuvelmans, On the Track ofUnknown Animals (New York: Hill and Wang, 1958), pp. 515-516.

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