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|Alternate Names/Spellings||Bonasus, Vilde Kow|
The Bonnacon is a creature with origins in Greek and Roman mythology, legend and folklore. In particular, accounts of their existence first arose in Natural History (a work written by Pliny the Elder).
There, it is referred to as the Bonasus, though no etymology is provided, to translate what the name was intended to mean.
The Bonnacon resembles a cow (or bull, as gender entails), with the exception that its horns are curled backward like a goat, or in some cases, curled inward, as though forming a shape similar to a stylized heart. In many cases, it also has a mane, similar to that of a horse.
The Bonnacon is like in temperament to an ordinary cow or bull. That is, some are more hostile or docile than others, though when the creature feels threatened, they flee as best they can. If fleeing is not an option (either from being surrounded or if the creature must defend family or vital territory), it will quickly turn its rear to the potential assailant, and make use of its highly volatile ability.
The great deal of the Bonnacon's physical prowess comes from its great bulk and the presence of cloven hooves. However, its horns are useful for little more than headbutting potential predators, like a goat.
If the creature should feel that such defense is not enough, it will turn its rear toward the potential attacker, and let loose a powerful flatulence, as a skunk would release its scent. In addition to being having a near unbearable smell, this bilious musk is said to burn nearly anything in its path 'as though they had touched fire'.
While it possesses a powerful chemical weapon, in the form of its vile, burning flatulence, it does not have much in the way of protection for potential attackers who confront it face to face. Should a predator or attacker be successful at confronting it face-forward, its horns offer precious little in the way of defense or attack.