In China’s age-old past, a great many curious creatures were encountered, documented and described in detail. Among these, a most uncommon variety of horse known as a “Bo” or “Bo-horse” was committed to lasting memory.
This fabled trotter was truly unique in its appearance. It is said to be a horse of bright white color with a jet black tail. From its face, a single horn protrudes and it walks on sharp claws in lieu of hooves.
In the treetops there are:
The phoenix, peacock, simurgh,
Leaping gibbon, and tree-jackal.
Beneath them there are:
The white tiger, black panther,
The manyan and leopard cat.
– Excerpt from “Fu of Sir Vacuous”, Sima Xiangru (c. 137 BC)
The Bo-horse’s claws and teeth are described as resembling a tiger’s – an interesting trait considering the creature’s preferred foods…
More than anything, Bo-horses were known to love killing and eating grown tigers and leopards. Carnivorous unicorns that kill kitties for fun… Imagine riding something like that.