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Abada is one of the names given to a supposed unicorn living in Africa. Giovanni Cavazzi, when travelling in Portuguese Angola, heard about a creature similar to a horse but larger and having a head similar to a deer. It had two horns, one on the forehead and another on the nose, both of them of great virtue. He also mentions another creature called abbada (ndemba in the Congo language), which is the African cousin of a "true" (Indian) rhinoceros and has three horns – on the nose, on the forehead and on the back. The Abada, otherwise known as the Nillekma or the Arase, strongly resembles the Western Unicorn, only this creature hails from the myths of the Kongo people in Central Africa. They bear on their heads two crooked horns instead of one straight horn. They are also thought to be the size of a small donkey, have a dark bay colour and have a boar's tail. Its diet only consits on plants.Similar to the unicorn, its horns are thought to act as an antidote to poisons. It is rearly seen do to its shy nature.

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