When not being an assistant taxonomist at a natural history museum, Ian Chew enjoys reading about and exploring the rich natural and cultural history of Southeast Asia. He hopes to spread appreciation for and interest in local heritage in the face of rapid environmental homogenisation.
And they all beheld a strange animal. It seemed to move with great speed; it had a red body and a black head; its breast was white; it was strong and active in build, and in size was rather bigger than a he-goat. —Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals)
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What other animal could Sang Nila Utama have seen?
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