Bonky - Castor Mulinus Dens -mule toothed beaver

In Bahasa Indonesian: Membuntukuti bungkam (Dumb Dog)

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orn amongst a colony of her peers on a small Island off the coast of Flores, Indonesia. Bonky comes to us as an example of , not only the last of her breed, but as a biological surviver and as some Scientists have argued, an imposter.

Standing 20 inches tall, 24 inches long and 10 inches wide, Bonky resembles nothing much outside of a cartoon, with big mooning eyes and buck teeth. The Males of this breed have been recorded as being two-thirds the females size, but faster and more powerful. In their original colonies, The males would hutn for food, often begging and stealing fish from Flores fishermen, while the females tended their litter of awkward pink babies. Each litter might include five or six kittens, although only three might make it to adulthood.

The name, Membuntukuti bungkam, originated from a misunderstanding during a research trip in 1971. Biology Professor A. Terry with the Philadelphia-Flores Biological Sister Research Facilities Expedition (PFB-SRFE) questioned a series of fishermen along the eastern coast of Flores. Showing a black and white snapshot, Terry asked "Apa Ini?" (what is this?) The fishermen laughed and said "Satu-satunya membuntukuti bungkam.." Professor Terry took the words as a proper name, when they really said "it is only a dumb dog.."

After twenty years of research, the name M Bungkam remained with this breed even after it was discovered that they were a stray relative of the North American beaver. Its proper name Castor Mulinus Dens (mule toothed beaver) was applied to explain their lineage, but this breed's appearance was confusing. M Bungkam had a short tail and poor swimming abilities, plus its teeth did not grow in enough to provide as a useful tool. It is thought that the teeth became recessive, resembling Jerry Lewis' Nutty Professor because the tropical woods proved to be softer than the Northern hardwoods.

As a result of their poor swimming skills and equally incommodius endurance, most M Bunkam remained close to the island of Flores and were decimated with the introduction of satellite televison. However, several examples used the proximity of the islands, spice island trade routes and later back-packers to relocate, ultimately through island hopping.

Bonky was the last known M.Bunkam in existence and was discovered living comfortably among a colony of beavers along the mississippi river in Minneapolis. Not only had Bonky shown a mastery in "hitchhiking", but also in insinuation. However, Bonky's long life in disguise speaks well either to the adoptive nature of beaver colonies or to the resilience of M Bunkams. Unfortunately, the time of the Membuntukuti bungkam is over. Bonky died in 2003 and was lovingly stuffed and remains on display in the Marbury Anthology of Urban Beasts.

To find out more information about Bonky and her kind click the links below.

What is a baby beaver called?

Nutty Professor

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