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Godaphro
Godaphro
Illustration of the creature
America circus
Map of circuses in the U.S.
Background
Type Mammal
First Sighting Mid 1800s
Last Sighting Early 1900s
Country United States of America
Habitat Circuses
Possible Population Small
The Godaphro is a Fearsome Critter of the lumberjack stories of North America. It was either described as a deer with rabbit ears and fangs or as a kind of giant lizard.

The Godaphro is characterized as having some legs shorter than the other which gives it the ability to walk easily on hilly and rocky terrain. It also swung from the trees with a powerful tail. It was once a part of a wild animal shows in circuses.

Many people paid to see it but the circus entertainers warned that it had escaped. People fled in fear and the entertainers were able to profit from all their takings. Another tells of a farmer who was able to breed the Godaphro with his sheep producing a pet that easily walked the hilly farms but was slow on flat roads. Other names for this creature include: Cutercurse, Cuter-Cuss, Godphro, Gouger, Guyanoosa, Gwinter, Hunkus, Lunkus, Mountain Stem-Winder, Prock, Prock Gwinter, Sidehill-Dodger, Sidehill-Ganger, Rickaboo Racker, Rockabore, Sawger, Sideswipe and Sidewinder.

Possible Explanation

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A Himalayan musk deer, a possible explanation

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A Siberian musk deer, a possible explanation

It is possible that this creature sighted was a type of musk deer (Genus:

Moschus).

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Musk deer head

Musk deer are more primitive than cervids, or true deer, because they lack antlers and facial glands, and possess only a single pair of teats, a gall bladder, a caudal gland, a pair of tusk-like teeth and—of particular economic importance to humans—a musk gland.

Musk deer live mainly in forested and alpine scrub habitats in the mountains of southern Asia, notably the Himalayas. Moschids, the proper term when referring to this type of deer rather than one/multiple species of musk deer, are entirely Asian in their present distribution, being extinct in Europe where the earliest musk deer are known to have existed from Oligocene deposits.

It is likely that circuses used this genus as Godaphro, as the fang and leg height descriptions match that of Moschus.

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