in awe at the size of that beaver
There’s a good reason why it’s front half horse, back half alligator and not the other way round
Sadly I will never be able to top Lewicki’s rendition of the alligator-horse, published in the LIFE Treasury of American Folklore.
I always thought the Protoceratops-griffin connection was unrealistic, but this does a way better job of taking it apart than I ever could!
Worth including in ABC? The dreaded alligator horse of Kentucky.
Q is for… Qique
Another of the many monstrous man-eaters of the Shan Hai Jing, the Qique or Qi-magpie looks like a white-headed chicken with rat’s feet and tiger’s claws. It lives on North Shouting Mountain.
P is for… Peteliae
Aelian describes the Peteliae as tiny, pale crabs that form in mud. They have small wings that are incapable of flight, instead generating only enough lift to speed them up a bit. Eating them is good for sciatica.