Camphruch is similar in size and shape to a stag. Its neck is covered in thick greyish wool. Its two front legs are like those of a deer, but the hind legs are webbed, like the legs of a goose, providing mobility in water. The creature feeds on fish, which it pierces with its single horn on the forehead. The horn is three feet and a half in length and as thick as a human arm in its widest. The animal can move it like an Indian cock its crest. The locals say the horn is an excellent remedy against poison.
A similar amphibious creature with a single moveable horn, according to Garcia de Orta, can be found in the southern part of Africa, between Cape of Good Hope and Cape Correntes.