The terrifying alpine dragon

Here we have a menacing alpine dragon – what would be called a tatzelwurm nowadays (a regional name that has since come to conveniently apply to alpine dragons as a whole, but back then they were all simply dragons). Note the feline features. Maybe those were greatly exaggerated wildcat encounters?

Or maybe they just needed an excuse for coming home late after too much lager…

Image from Johann Jakob Scheuchzer’s Itinera Alpina.