‘Black panther’ sightings have been reported on New Zealand’s South Island for decades.
‘Black panther’ sightings have been reported on New Zealand’s South Island for decades.
Mothman: An Eastern United States cryptid, first seen in 1966. It has glowing or reflective red eyes and some people have been to terrified of it to even describe what it looked like or did. It was known for attacking the roofs of cars that teenagers were in, and people connected it to the collapse of the Silver Bridge.
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Cryptozoology is the study of creatures whose existence has yet to be – or else cannot entirely be- proved or disproved by science. These creatures, known collectively as cryptids, include examples like the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and the Himalayan Yeti, yet these famous cases are by no means the only ones on record. In fact, practically every country and corner of the globe has its own legendary monster or mystery creature that supposedly dwells there, from giant bats in Java to enormous water hounds in Ireland.
Tatzelwurms are lizard-like creatures that are supposed to inhabit the most isolated regions of the Alps. Although accounts of their size and appearance vary, they are typically said to be around 2 to 5 feet in length, with a broad cat-like head and a wide gaping mouth. Their forelimbs are short and armed with long claws, but they have no hind legs and instead their bodies taper into a ling snake-like tail. Numerous sightings of the creatures – which are known as tatzelwurms in Germany, arassas in France, stollenwurms in Switzerland, bergstuzens in Austria, and basiliscos in Italy – have been made all over the Alps, including a recent spate of sightings reported in Italy’s newspaper as recently as 2009.
“Bigfoot has allegedly been wandering around a Michigan property for more than a decade, shape-shifting and eating pizza.
On Saturday, a 52-year-old Breckendridge, Mich. man came to the Midland law enforcement center armed with evidence, including photo albums, empty food containers, dirt and alleged Bigfoot scat, to ask for help verifying the existence of the mythical creature, according to a report from the Midland County Sheriff’s Office.
The man, Anthony Padilla, spoke to a Sheriff’s deputy, explaining that he accidentally “awoke” the Bigfoot spirit by knocking branches against trees to break them into smaller pieces. This began when he moved onto his 17-acre property in 1997, according to the incident report, which was sent to The Huffington Post.”
On the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) website, they use three classes to differentiate Bigfoot sightings. Class A sightings are those that can easily rule out misidentification of animals or objects as a Bigfoot. Cases of footprints are generally considered Class A sightings because there is little potential for misinterpretation. Class B sightings are when a witness sees the Bigfoot from a distance, under poor lighting, or any general account when the Bigfoot could not be clearly viewed. Class C sightings are any second or third hand stories due to the high chance of inaccuracy in the details of the event.
The Ngoubou is a purportedly surviving ceratopsian-like cryptid in the savanna region of Cameroon. It is said to have six horns, and fights elephants for land, despite its smaller size (about the size of an ox, according to locals).
In November 2000, William Gibbons did some preliminary research in Cameroon for a future Mokele-mbembe expedition. He was accompanied by David Wetzel. While visiting with a group of pygmies they were informed about an animal called Ngoubou.
Although ngoubou is also the local word for rhinoceros, the pygmies asserted this was not a regular rhinoceros, as it had more than one horn (six horns on the frill in one account), and further stated that the father of one of the senior members of the community had killed one with a spear a number of years ago. The locals had noted a firm decline in the population of these animals lately, making them harder to find.
Gibbons identified the animal with a Styracosaurus, but these are currently only known to have inhabited North America. It might be related to the Emela-ntouka, but this animal is single-horned.
Ceratopsian fossils are not found in Africa. Most have been found in Eastern Asia and North America, with one find in Australia.
Bernard Heuvelmans included a sighting of an animal resembling the Ngoubou in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals. The sighting, apparently from The Times, was taken on 17 November 1919. The sighting was made by a man named Lepage who was in charge of a railway construction in the Belgian Congo.
He states that while hunting in the Congo rainforest “he came across an extraordinary monster, which charged at him. Lepage fired but was forced to flee, with the monster in chase. The animal before long gave up the chase and Lepage was able to examine it through his binoculars.
The animal, he says, was about 24 feet in length with a long pointed snout adorned with tusks like horns and a short horn above the nostrils. The front feet were like those of a horse and the hind hoofs were cloven. There was a scaly hump on the monsters shoulder.”
The Gnome of Girona: On September 15th of 1989, the discovery of the remains of a “Gnome” creature rocked Girona, Catalonia Spain. The tiny being was reportedly captured by campers in the forests between the villages of Banyoles and Olot. It had unfortunately died within 24 hours of its captivity, but it’s corpse had luckily been preserved in formaldehyde. The little cadaver was only 12 centimeters tall, with a rats snout, webbed hands and long floppy years. #babettebombshell #hauntedhotel #cryptozoology #gnomes #bunyip #pickledpunks #sideshowgaff #birthdefects #urbanlegend #criticalthinking #rationalthought #rationality #skepticism #fortean #xfiles
The Emela-ntouka is an African legendary creature in the mythology of the Pygmy tribes, and a cryptid purported to live in Central Africa. Its name means “killer of the elephants” in the Lingala language. In other languages it is known as the Aseka-moke, Njago-gunda, Ngamba-namae, Chipekwe or Irizima.
The Emela-ntouka is claimed to be around the size of an African Bush Elephant, brownish to gray in color, with a heavy tail, and with a body of similar shape and appearance to a rhinoceros, including one long horn on its snout. Keeping its massive bulky body above ground level supposedly requires four short, stump-like legs. It is described as having no frills or ridges along the neck. The animal is alleged to be semi-aquatic and feed on Malombo and other leafy plants. The Emela-ntouka is claimed to utter a vocalization, described as a snort, rumble or growl.
The structure of its horn is debated among writers on the subject. The debate runs thus: if the “horn” is ivory, then it would be a tusk (tooth) and not a horn at all. Some rhinoceroses do have tusks, especially the Asiatic one-horned kinds; yet these are not known to inhabit Africa. If the horn is made of bone, then the creature is a reptile, as many fossil reptile groups, such as the ceratopsians, had horns made of bone. Finally, the horn could be made of keratin, as are the horns of African rhinos. However, without a specimen to examine, any attempt to classify the emela-ntouka by this method can only be speculative.
This cryptid is alleged to mainly inhabit the vast shallow waters in the swamps and lakes of the Congo River basin, especially in the Likouala swamps in the Republic of the Congo, and possibly Cameroon. It is also said to inhabit Lake Bangweulu in Zambia. They are claimed to be solitary, herbivorous animals. The inhabitants of the area are alleged to treat the creature with great fear.
J.E. Hughes published his book Eighteen Years on Lake Bangweulu in 1933, in which he reported that an animal that fits the description of an Emela-Ntouka (although not referred to by this name) was slaughtered by Wa-Ushi tribesmen, along the shores of the Luapula River, which connects Lake Bangweulu to Lake Mweru.
The Emela-Ntouka was mentioned by name for the first time in 1954, in an article in the journal Mammalia, authored by former Likouala game inspector Lucien Blancou. He stated the Emela-Ntouka was “larger than a buffalo” and dwelled throughout the Likouala swamps. It was also Blancou who first mentioned the fact that an Emela-Ntouka kills elephants, buffalos or hippos when disturbed, much like the Mokele-mbembe’s allegedly renowned hatred for hippos. While both animals are supposedly herbivorous, they also supposedly share a fierce sense of territoriality, and it is for this reason the pygmies are claimed to “fear it more than any other dangerous animal”. In about 1930, an Emela-Ntouka was supposedly killed near Dongou.
Later evidence was contributed by Dr. Roy P. Mackal, who led two expeditions into the Congo in 1980 and 1981. He gathered details on various other cryptids. 1987 saw the publication of Mackal’s book, A Living Dinosaur, wherein he summarized the expeditions.
A planned season two episode of the New Zealand documentary World Mysteries included an interview with a man who claimed to have encountered a dead Emela-Ntouka. He claimed to still possess the animal’s horn, which he removed from the body. The episode was filmed but never aired.
A popular speculation is that the mythical monster is in fact a relict ceratopsian. Proponents of this idea believe that the Republic of the Congo is home to many prehistoric animals such as living dinosaurs, including the Mokele mbembe and Mbielu-Mbielu-Mbielu (possibly sauropod or stegosaur dinosaurs). In 1981, Dr. Roy Mackal while searching the Congo for the Mokele-mbembe, collected accounts of the Emela-ntouka. Mackal initially considered that Emela-ntouka might be a Monoclonius, or a Centrosaurus, both ceratopsians. As such, it might be related to the Ngoubou, which might be a six-horned Styracosaurus. However, Mackal also noted the pygmies did not report a neck frill, which he would have expected on a ceratopsian. Furthermore, the Ceratopsia are absent from Africa’s fossil record. Author Loren Coleman suggested that the Emela-Ntouka is not saurian, but a new species of semi-aquatic rhinoceros.
Some legends go that the Tsuchinoko of Japan has the ability to speak so humans can understand it. The trouble with that is that witnesses say it lies and is not to be trusted. The Tsuchinoko also tends not to make the typical hissing noise of a snake. Instead, it is said to make a squeaking or chirping noise.