What was the Bovalpus? An animal so called was exhibited in circuses in the United States in the 19th Century. One guesses that with the Bo- prefix it was of the cattle or bovine stamp. The first one to be shown was called merely a Valpus. It was exhibited by the John Robinson Circus in 1882. Circus historian Chang Reynolds (Pioneer Circuses of the West) suggests it was a water buffalo, but its true identity remains a mystery. The same circus also claimed to exhibited a Taminaur and a Potchan. No, I don't know what they were either.