Pukau

Unknown piglike HOOFED MAMMAL of Southeast Asia.

Etymology: Dusun (Austronesian) word. Physical description: Resembles a cross between a deer and a pig. Sharp tongue. Behavior: Runs swiftly if disturbed. Distribution: Mount Madalong, in Sabah State, Borneo, Malaysia.

Possible explanation: The Babirusa (Babyrousa babyrussa), whose upturned tusks might be described as a sharp tongue. Though it is found only on Sulawesi, Buru, and neighboring islands, this wild pig's presence in Borneo could account for the Pukau.

Sources: Owen Rutter, The Pagans ofNorth Borneo (London: Hutchinson, 1929), p. 256; Karl Shuker, In Search of Prehistoric Survivors (London: Blandford, 1995), p. 164.

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