boomer, is the source of mysterious booming sounds heard in the Canadian
mountains. His place of residence is unknown. Our knowledge of this creature
was related by the Iglulik Inuit mystic Anarqâq. Igtuk was not specified to be
one of Anarqâq’s helping spirits, and he is probably hostile to humans.
resembles no other living thing. His arms and legs are on the back of his body,
while his single large eye is level with his arms, and his ears are in line
with his eye. His nose is inside his cavernous mouth, and there is a tuft of
thick hair on his chin. The booming for which he is known is produced when
Igtuk moves his jaws.
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are violent and aggressive critters found in lumberwoods from Maine to Oregon.
Injury and death blamed on freak falling branches are always the work of an
agropelter, who hates lumberjacks for their invasion of its territory.
description of an agropelter comes from Big Ole Kittleson, who survived an agropelter
attack long enough to see the creature escape. An agropelter has the villainous
face of an ape on a sinewy little body, with incredibly powerful arms like
use the prodigious strength of their arms to break off and fling branches. They
always pelt with pinpoint accuracy, smashing or impaling their victims. Big Ole
Kittleson was fortunate enough to be pelted with a rotten branch that crumbled
their murderous activities, agropelters are highly agile climbers and
brachiators, and make their home in trees by eating and hollowing out the
center of a dead tree. Pups are born on February 29 and always in odd numbers.
Agropelters subsist on a diet of owls and woodpeckers. As these birds are sadly
being exterminated, the agropelters are getting scarce.
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The Jarjacha is a nocturnal Peruvian beast, quadrupedal, with a long neck and glowing eyes. It lives on a diet of human flesh, but has very specific preferences: it feeds solely on incestuous men and women, or those who have committed carnal sins towards their spiritual compadres. It itself may be born from the soul of an incestuous person or taboo-breaker.
manifests primarily in its call, a loud rattling cry that echoes through the
hills. “Jar-jar-jar-jar-jar”… It
repeats, over and over. The villagers shiver, cross themselves, and lock their
the atmosphere is tense. Everyone knows there is a sinner among them, some
incestuous wretch who has brought judgment down on themselves. The parish
priest decries the existence of the son of Satan in their midst, one who will
be punished by divine retribution. Eventually the shamed culprit is brought to
light, and given an auto-da-fé in the
Jarjacha is the
worst insult that can be leveled at someone.
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of Exceedingly Lofty Mountain in China are home to the Chouyu. It is like a
rabbit but has a bird’s beak, owl’s eyes, and the tail of a snake. It falls
asleep (i.e. plays dead) when it sees people. If a chouyu is seen it is an omen
of a locust plague.
identifies this animal as the armadillo, but admits with impressive
understatement that China is a bit far from the neotropics…
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The Sermilik, “ice-clad”, is an enormous and highly dangerous polar bear found in the seas around Aasiaat in Greenland. Unlike the bears it resembles, it has very long fur completely covered with ice. Four lumps of ice at the surface are in fact the four paws of a sermilik lying in wait, and young hunters are warned never to paddle near those.
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The Dingonek is a creature that lives in the Maggori River in Kenya, as well as in Lake Nyanza. Our primary source for the dingonek comes from big-game hunter John Alfred Jordan, as recorded by Edgar Beecher Bronson. As a tale told by one big-game hunter to another, there is no reason to believe there was any embellishment or exaggeration involved.
aquatic monsters predate Jordan’s account, but they describe a generic large water
python. Clement Hill claimed to have seen one in Lake Nyanza that attempted to
seize a man on the prow of his boat. It had a dark, roundish head.
dingonek as described by Jordan is a cross between a sea serpent, a leopard,
and a whale. It is fourteen or fifteen feet long. Its head is similar in shape
and markings to that of a leopard, but is the size of a lioness’ head. There
are two long white fangs protruding downwards from the upper jaw. The back is
broad like that of a hippo, patterned and colored like a leopard, and “scaled
like an armadillo”. The tail, used for aquatic propulsion, is broad and finned.
When ashore, the dingonek leaves behind prints as wide as a hippo’s but with
A .303 shot
behind the ear had no effect on the dingonek. It reared straight up out of the
water, and Jordan ran for his life. The dingonek was not seen again.
tells of another man who swears he saw a dingonek. When the Mara River was in
flood, the eyewitness said he saw a creature floating down the river on a big
log. It had its tail in the water, but its length was estimated to be sixteen
feet. It had scales, spots like a leopard, and a head like an otter, but no
long fangs. When shot at, it slipped into the water and disappeared. Apart from
the (surely inaccurate) length given, this is a good account of a Nile monitor
rock art from a cave in Brakfontein Ridge, South Africa, has been claimed to
depict a walrus-like dingonek, but the location is far from the dingonek’s
habitat, and the association is arbitrary.
initially believed the dingonek to be an odd species of prehistoric crocodile.
Later he revised this to create an aquatic saber-toothed cat whose wet fur
clumped and gave the appearance of scales.
armadillos are New World animals, modern reconstructions have assumed the armadillo
“scales” to be those of a pangolin instead. Other recent additions include a
single horn and a stinger tail, neither of which have any basis.
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Wapaloosies are found in Pacific Coast forests, and appear to be the mammalian answer to the inchworm. A wapaloosie is as big as a dachshund, with velvety fur, woodpecker-like feet, and a spike-tipped tail that aids in its caterpillarish climbing. And climb a wapaloosie does, moving effortlessly up the tallest of trees to feed on bracket fungus.
The wapaloosie drive to climb continues long after death. One lumberjack in Washington shot a wapaloosie and made a pair of fur mittens out of it. When he grabbed an axe, the mittens immediately shimmied up the handle to the top. They proceeded to do so with everything the lumberjack tried to hold, so he was forced to discard them. The mittens were last seen clambering over lumber slash.
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