|Other names:||Bauna, Benitheres, Bonachus, Bonasus, Bonboricus, Bonnachus, Enthires, Entures, Hemchires, Intures, Monapus, Monops, Vilde kow|
A beast like a bull, that uses its dung as a weapon
The bonnacon is a beast with a head like a bull, but with horns that curl in towards each other. Because these horns are useless for defense, the bonnacon has another weapon. When pursued, the beast expels its dung which travels a great distance (as much as two acres), and burns anything it touches.
See also the buffalo.
The bonnacon is most often illustrated as a beast the looks like a bull or ox, with curled horns, being attacked by men (sometimes dressed in chain mail like soldiers) with a spear or an ax. The beast is usually shown spraying its dug in defense, often with the hunters deflecting the spray with a shield.