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In Ethiopia there dwelled an odd beast,
Its description most curious, to say the least.
With the body of a water buffalo and hog-like head,
One glance from its blood shot eyes could strike a foe dead.

Pliny the Elder and Claudius Aelianus knew of its power,
Even The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci listed its glower.
Sir Philip Sidney wrote of the forsaken knight with a Catoblepas on his crest;
Two centuries later, "The Temptation of Saint Anthony" perhaps described it best.

Sadly, like many other forgotten beasts of legend and lore,
It has faded into the mists of time, to be seen no more.

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