As with its plant life, Phaic Tan’s bloody past has certainly taken its toll on its animal inhabitants, with dozens of species all but wiped out in armed conflict. Some have managed to survive by adapting, such as the wild Buaktong goats of the east which – after decades of border skirmishes – have actually developed bullet-proof hides. Sadly, though, many creatures are under threat of extinction, in particular monkeys, elephants, wild cattle and environmental activists. Breeding programs currently exist for several endangered species unique to Phaic Tan, such as the magnificent spotless leopard, the rarely sighted buck-toothed tiger and the myopic owl, a bird so short-sighted it has been known to swoop on ceramic cats.
Phaic Tan is home to one of the world’s highest number of near-extinct species. Amongst those creatures not sighted in decades are:
> The Stuttering Parrot
> The Thinning Lion – one of the few felines ever recorded whose mane requires a comb-over.
> The Bow-legged Asian Elephant
> The Lanky Pelican (Pelicanus aneorexicus)
> The Hunch-backed Rhino
>The Long-haired Turtle