Latin name: Parandrus
Other names: Tarandrus, Tharandus
A beast that can conceal itself by changing its appearance
The parandrus is a beast from Ethiopia that can change its appearance, so that it can conceal itself by taking on the appearance of its surroundings. It is colored like a bear, but is the size of an ox and has long hair. It has the head of a stag with branching horns, and has cloven hoofs.
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Pliny the Elder [1st century CE] (Natural History, Book 8, 52): Pliny mentions a beast from Sythia called tarandrus (usually translated as reindeer or elk) that can change color.