The modern short-haired cowl is the last in a legacy of similar creatures, all of which inhabited the plains of northern Siberia, Russia. It’s closest genetic cousin, the woolly cowl, was hunted to extinction by the early 1930s, and, legend has it that the bones of these great creatures lie beneath the famous Road of Hoofs, a northward partner to the later-built Road of Bones. The modern cowl, thought critically endangered, survives on its wits and unique natural talents. It can mimic the call of nearly any animal, or human language, for that matter. In some remote parts of Siberia, it is used to carry messages between villages, and it can do so, regardless of dialect. At night, its haunting call of “hoooo!” can be heard echoing across misty grasslands.



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