Kting Voar or Khting vor, linh duong, or snake-eating cow is a bovine-like cryptid reported to have once existed in Cambodia and Vietnam. It is said to look like a cow with strange looking 20 inch long horns and spotted patterns on its fur. The first evidence of this creature’s existence was reported by Wolfgang Peter in a marketplace in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam in 1994 when he found a set of horns so strange in appearance that he believed them to be from a brand new species. Upon DNA analysis, it was proven that all horns found were nothing more than artificially shaped cattle horns. However, genetic studies on alleged samples of the Kting Voar have turned up confusing results; it also showed that the initial testing of the horns may have been contaminated. It’s believed that the horns are artificially shaped to be anti-snake talismans used by locals. Much earlier in the 20th century, two British tiger hunters reportedly shot and killed two Kting Voar and used them as tiger bait. Scientists hold the belief that the Kting Voar is nothing more than a myth, with roots in reality. If the animal were to exist, it would be highly endangered, if not extinct thanks to extensive deforestation and hunting. Until more evidence comes up, the Kting Voar remains a questionable creature at best.
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