Mystery Hoofed Mammal

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of Madagascar.

Etymology: Malagasy (Austronesian), “beast 
whose ears hide its chin.”

Variant names: Mangarisoaka, Tokatongotra.

Physical description: Donkeylike animal. Long 
ears. Round hoof like a horse’s.

Behavior: Brays like a donkey.

Tracks: Hoofed.

Habitat: Rainforest.

Distribution: Ankaizina Mountains; Bealanana 
and Manirenja Districts in the north-central 
highlands; north of Tôlagnaro in southeastern 

Possible explanations: 
(1) Surviving Malagasy pygmy 
hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus lemerlei and 
H. madagascariensis) that supposedly died 
off within the past 1,000 years or so. See 
Tsy-Aom by-Aomby. 
(2) Unknown wild donkey indigenous to 

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