The ABCs of ABC – H

H is for… Haüt

The Haüt is a grotesque South American monster described by Thevet. It is the size of a large African monkey, with a childlike face. Its paws have long claws shaped like fishbones and its fur never looks wet. Despite its ugliness it is harmless and frequently emits deep sighs like a man in pain. As it refuses all food given to it in captivity, it is believed that the haüt, like the bird of paradise, lives on nothing but air.

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