Human and giant pangolin

A hypothetical 10-foot-long pangolin compared to a 5'10'' human.

Country reported: Indonesia

The veo is a cryptid reported from the island of Rintja, in the Lesser Sunda Islands administered by Indonesia. It is descriped as resembling a gigantic pangolin.[1][2]


Physically the veo is described as being 10 feet long, with a long head and overlapping scales covering most of its body, although fur grows on the head, throat, belly, inner legs, and tail. Its scales are said to be bulletproof.[3][2] It stays in the hills during the day, and comes down to the coast to feed - primarily on termites and ants, but also on stranded shellfish - during the night. It's "hoo-hoo-hoo" call is heard in the evenings. When threatened, it will sit up vertically and strike out with its claws.[1][2]



A Rintja hunter told French traveller Pierre Pfeiffer that he and a native policeman from Flores had encountered a veo whilst hunting at night near Loho Buaji on Rintja. The two men were so scared that they both threw themselves to the ground and stayed there frozen, watching the animal, until it walked off.[3][2]

Pfeiffer told the hunter that if he ever encountered the veo, he would shoot it, but the hunter told him it would make no difference because of the animal's bullet-proof scales.[3][2]


Pfeiffer suggested the animal was a dugong, which his informant vehemently denied.[2] The Komodo dragon is known from Rintja, but locals readilly distinguish it from the veo.[1] Jaroslav Mares first suggested that the veo represents a surviving population of Manis paleojavanica, a 7-foot pangolin which lived in Java and Borneo, or possibly a related, even larger undiscovered species.[4]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Eberhart, George (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Shuker, Karl "A Scaly Tale from Rintja", Fortean Times 116 (November 1998)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Pfeiffer, Pierre (1963) Bivouacs a Borneo
  4. Mares, Jaroslav (1997) Svet tajemnych zvírat