LIST OF ANOMALOUS ANIMALS OF THE WORLD

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Tales of weird creatures have been perpetuated over millenia by civilizations around the world. Many of these beasts are considered by the modern, industrialized public to dwell only in folklore, legends, and myths. We are safe, it seems, from the terrifying monsters that are held securely in the prison of our imaginations. But what if we were to have an encounter with these frightening, yet supposedly fictional, animals? Many people, even in our current world, claim to have had actual experiences with just such beings. For them, it seems that the line that separates the world of fantasy from that of reality has blurred.

Although some of these creatures may indeed be quite horrifying, many others simply provoke our curiosity or stir our long-held beliefs. Whatever our reaction to them, we must admit that there is still much to learn about our world. It still holds many wonders yet to be uncovered. Whether genuine or fake, there is one word for sure that can be aptly applied to them: mysterious.

This is a list of various “anomalous” life forms that have been reported throughout history. Most significantly, many of these creatures fall under the discipline of cryptozoology, which is the study of unverified animals, otherwise known as “cryptids”. The main focus of cryptozoology is the verification or refutation of reputed flesh-and-blood organisms. However, there are a variety of more mysterious beings that appear to be ethereal or spiritual in nature, although they may take the guise of an animal. Perhaps they appear and disappear suddenly, or find their way into places that would not normally be accessible to physical entities. These “phantom animals” may be even more varied than their cryptid counterparts. Perhaps some cryptids and phantom animals are one and the same. Either way, I encourage you to read the following list of cryptids and phantom animals with an open, but well-grounded, mind.

Ahool
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Western Java
Description: Large, bat-like creature. Said to be the size of a 1-year-old child. Possesses a monkey-like head and large claws on its wings. Dark gray in color. Reputedly feeds on fish by catching them with the claws adorning its wings. Named after its trademark call, which supposedly sounds like “ahOOOooool”. One supposedly flew over Dr. Ernest Bartels’ head as he explored a waterfall on the slopes of the Salek Mountains.
Source: Cryptozoology A to Z (Loren Coleman/Jerome Clark)

Agogwe
Classification: Cryptid
Location: East Africa
Description: Small, furry humanoid animal that is bipedal. From 4 to 5 feet in height. Fur is woolly in texture and rusty or brown in color. Skin below the fur is reddish or yellowish in color. Sighted in forests and along the shoreline in the early 1900’s. Supposedly seen associating with a troupe of babboons without disturbing them. May be the same as a similarly described creature called the “Sehite” of the Ivory Coast.
Source: Cryptozoology A to Z (Loren Coleman/Jerome Clark)

Black Dog
Classification: Supernatural
Location: England/South Africa/United States
Description: Ghostly, black dog that is either malevolent or gentle. Sometimes said to have glowing red eyes. Usually described as black, but may also be yellow, white or gray. May disappear suddenly. On August 4, 1577, two churches experienced attacks from such entities, which was supposedly lethal to at least two worshippers. Another person was left with a burn injury after the encounter. Some testimonies may also associate them with UFOs.
Source: Unexplained! (Jerome Clark)

Bunyip
Classification: Cryptid/Supernatural?
Location: Australia
Description: Semi-aquatic animal or being of variable appearance. May have a horse-like head. One account says that it has long, shining black hair, large ears, and no tail. Body is “large” in size. Sometimes described as aggressive, or even deadly. Reported for more than 200 years. Figures into Aboriginal folklore. Name today translates as “bogey”, but may have originally meant “spirit” or “devil”.
Source: Cryptozoology A to Z (Loren Coleman/Jerome Clark)

Cadborosaurus
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Cadboro Bay, Vancouver Island
Description: Long sea creature with serpentine body. From 15 to 45 feet in length. Possesses a head similar to that of a camel or horse. Also said to have a pair of flippers on its body and spikes on its fluke-like tail. Undulates its body in the vertical plane as it swims. A supposed carcass of a juvenile specimen was found in the stomach of a sperm whale. Photographs of this specimen were taken. Better known as “Caddy”.
Source: The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and other Mystery Denizens of the Deep (Loren Coleman/Patrick Huyghe)

Cameroon Flashlight Frog
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Cameroon, Africa
Description: Treefrog with a blue spot on its snout. Blue spot reportedly glows in the dark. Glow may be used to attract insect prey. Mystery beast investigator Jonathan Downes supposedly observed several specimens at an animal fair in Devon, England in 1997. Downes turned down the chance to purchase one, as he deemed their price of 25 pounds to be too high. After consulting with his colleagues, he later realized that they were not a known species.
Source: Mysteries Of Planet Earth (Karl P.N. Shuker)

Chupacabras
Classification: Cryptid/Supernatural
Locations: Mexico/Puerto Rico/United States
Description: Small, humanoid creature best known for its reputed tendency to drain blood from livestock. Eyes generally large with variable coloration, such as red, black or orange-yellow. Body also varies in color, and may even change color over time. Sometimes said to be hairy. May also have spines along its back. Between 3 and 5 feet in height. Witnesses sometimes claim to have feelings of illness during their encounters. Creature thought to be associated with UFOs.
Source: Chupacabras and Other Mysteries (Scott Corrales)

Con Rit
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Oceans near Southeast Asia
Description: Long sea creature with armor-like segments. Beached specimen supposedly seen in Hongay, Along Bay, Vietnam in 1883. Specimen said to be headless and 60 feet in length. Regular armored segments, 3 feet in length each, observed on carcass. Each segment possessed a pair of filament-like appendages. Appendages may be flipper-like in life, thus providing propulsion. Dark brown on back and light yellow on belly. Carcass later towed out to sea and sunk.
Source: The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and other Mystery Denizens of the Deep (Loren Coleman/Patrick Huyghe)

Crawfordsville Monster
Classification: Cryptid?/Supernatural?
Location: Crawfordsville, Indiana, United States
Description: Flying creature with an oblong shape sighted in 1891. Appeared to be headless. Possessed a glowing red structure described as an “eye”. Seemed to propel itself with several pairs of fins. About 20 feet in length, and 8 feet in width. Wheezing sounds were reported to come from it. Some onlookers claimed to have felt its “hot breathe” when it swooped over them. Supposedly witnessed by hundreds of people.
Source: Unexplained! (Jerome Clark)

Crowing Crested Cobra
Classification: Cryptid
Location: East and Central Africa
Description: Large snake. Said to grow up to 20 feet in length. Usually buff-brown or grayish-black in color. Face is scarlet in color. Males and females said to have red rooster-like comb and males also have facial wattles. Male is supposedly capable of crowing. Said to be highly venomous and capable of killing a human almost instantly. Same species or similar snakes go by various names such as ninki-nanki, muhlambela, hongo and kovoko.
Source: Extraordinary Animals Revisited (Karl P.N. Shuker)

Dobhar-chu
Classification: Cryptid
Locations: Lough Mask, Ireland/Glenade Lough, Ireland
Description: Semi-aquatic, dog-like or otter-like animal thought to be dangerous. Has hairless, slimy skin according to at least 1 account. The same account describes its color as black. In 1722, it is said that one such creature attacked and killed a woman while she was washing clothes. Her gravestone is visible today, with the image of a dobhar-chu engraved on it. Name translates as “water hound”. Also known as “Doyarchu”, meaing “water dog”.
Source: Unexplained! (Jerome Clark)

Dover Demon
Classification: Cryptid?/Supernatual?
Location: Dover, Massachusetts, United States
Description: Small, humanoid being with bare skin. Had a comparatively large, watermelon-shaped head in comparison to its body. Had two large eyes on its head that glowed either orange or green, depending on witness accounts. Appeared to lack a nose, ears and mouth. Arms, legs, and neck were slender. Between 3 and 4 feet in height. Peach in color. Small number of sightings seemingly occured only in 1977.
Source: The Unexplained (Karl P.N. Shuker)

Emela-ntouka
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Likoula swamp, Republic of the Congo
Description: Dinosaur or rhinoceros-like creature with a single horn on its head. Similar in size to an elephant, or even larger. Has a crocodile-like tail. Skin is hairless. Brown or gray in color. Said to leave footprints similar in size to those of an elephant, but may have 3 claw marks. Supposedly kills other animals, such as elephants and water buffaloes, with its horn. Name translates as “Killer of Elephants” or “Water Elephant”.
Source: Cryptozoology A to Z (Loren Coleman/Jerome Clark)

European Man-horse
Classification: Supernatural
Locations: England/Ireland
Description: Horse-like entity said to have the face of a man. Once sighted in 1994 in Norfolk, England. Witness was driving home when they noticed a horse or deer-like animal in the nearby fields. It was soon noticed that it had a man-like face. Frightened, the witness fled. Another sighting occured in County Louth, Ireland in 1966. Witnesses were driving when a man-faced horse suddenly appeared on the road. After blocking their path for nearly 2 minutes, it vanished.
Source: Mysteries Of Planet Earth (Karl P.N. Shuker)

Fairy Insect
Classification: Cryptid
Locations: Tennessee, United States?
Description:Unusual flying insect resembling a fairy. Apparently capable of flying in an upright position. Two inches in height. White in color. Possesses almond-shaped, blue eyes. Also has long antenna that hang down like hair. Witness reported that the insect made a humming sound that resembled a song. Insect flew from tree to tree and from flower to flower but did not appear to eat anything. Insect stopped humming and flew away in a horizontal position when witness tried to get a closer look.
Source: Extraordinary Animals Revisted (Karl P.N. Shuker)

Flathead Lake Monster
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Flathead Lake, Montana, United States
Description: Lake monster of varying size and appearance. Some reports describe a creature that is consistent with a white sturgeon as its identity, including a report of the presence of a tail fin. Many other reports are of a serpentine animal with smooth skin and multiple humps on its back. From 10 to 60 feet in length. At least 78 sightings exist of the creature, the first one being reported in 1889.
Source: Cryptozoology A to Z (Loren Coleman/Jerome Clark)

Gambian Sea Monster
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Bungalowe Beach, Republic of the Gambia
Description: Crocodile-like or cetacean-like sea creature. Possessed long jaws containing 80 teeth. Body was adorned with 4 flippers. Creature’s neck was short. Animal was between 14 and 15 feet in length. Skin was smooth. The tail was long and pointed. Brown in color on the back and white on the belly. Found dead, yet not decomposed, on Bungalowe beach in 1983. Also known as “Gambo”.
Sources: The Unexplained (Karl P.N. Shuker) and The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and other Mystery Denizens of the Deep (Loren Coleman/Patrick Huyghe)

Giant Phantom Wolf
Classification: Supernatural
Location: Skinwalker Ranch, Utah, United States
Description: Large, wolf-like apparition with strange qualities seen in 1994. Stated as being nearly 3 times the size of an average wolf. Initially observed to be tame, but soon turned violent by biting the head of a family-owned calf. Many shots were subsequently fired into the creature, but only 1 appeared to have any notable effect by blasting a chunk of flesh out of it. Wolf retreated and was followed, but its tracks disappeared suddenly. Similar creature sighted later at the ranch as well. Possessed silvery-gray fur and light blue eyes.
Source: Hunt for the Skinwalker (Colm A. Kelleher/George Knapp)

Giglioli’s Whale
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Off the coast of Chile
Description: Whale with 2 dorsal fins, which are triangular in shape. Distance between dorsal fins about 6 1/2 feet. About 60 feet in length. Appeared to lack the characteristic furrows seen in rorqual whales. Skin has the appearance of velvet. Back is greenish gray in color, while the belly is grayish white. Sighted by Enrico Hillyer Giglioli aboard the ship Magenta in 1867. Giglioli named the whale Amphiptera pacifica.
Source: The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and other Mystery Denizens of the Deep (Loren Coleman/Patrick Huyghe)

High-finned Sperm Whale
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Near the Shetland Islands
Description: Mutant sperm whale or new sperm whale species. Possesses a very tall dorsal fin, in contrast to the absence of any dorsal fin in typical sperm whales. Head is more rounded than known sperm whales. From 45 to 60 feet in length. Only has teeth in the lower jaw. Two stranded individuals were supposedly observed by Sir Robert Sibbald in 1692, who described their large fins as looking like mizzen masts. He named the species Physeter tursio.
Source: From Flying Toads to Snakes With Wings (Karl P.N. Shuker)

J’ba Fofi
Classification: Cryptid
Location: The Congo, Africa
Description: Very large, tarantula-like spider. Leg length close to 3 feet. Brown in color as adult, but yellow with purple abdomen when immature. Lays white eggs the size of peanuts. Claimed by the Baka pygmy tribe as being capable of killing humans. Said to spin webs that are capable of ensnaring birds and small forest antelope. Also said to build lairs from leaves that resemble the huts that are built by the pygmies.
Source: Extraordinary Animals Revisited (Karl P.N. Shuker)

Jersey Devil
Classification: Cryptid/Supernatural
Location: New Jersey, United States
Description: Flying being having the characteristics of many other animals. Classically described as having bat wings, a horse-like head, cloven hoofs and a tail. Skin similar to an alligator’s. Sometimes reported as having 1 or 2 horns. 6 to 11 feet in length, and 3 to 6 feet in height. Also reportedly able to glow and breathe fire. Vocalizations similar to a combination of a squawk and whistle have been attributed to it. Supposedly sighted by over 100 people.
Source: Unexplained! (Jerome Clark)

Kongamato
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Sub-Saharan Africa
Description: Giant, bat-like or pterosaur-like flying animal. Has membranous wings that lack feathers. Unlike birds, it is said to possess teeth. May also have a dog-like muzzle. Wingspan ranges from 3 1/2 to 7 feet. Generally red in color, but may also be black with white markings. Local people believe that it is responsible for floods, and use magic spells to protect themselves from such floods. Its name translates as “Overwhelmer of Boats”.
Source: Cryptozoology A to Z (Loren Coleman/Jerome Clark)

Lake Champlain Monster
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Lake Champlain, Vermont, United States
Description: Lake monster with a long neck. Famous witness Sandra Mansi stated that the animal had “eel”-like skin that looked “slimy”. She said that the head was grayish-brown, and that it seemed to be twisting its neck to observe its surroundings. Mansi took a now-famous photograph of the monster, which appears to show a creature with a small head set on a long, thin neck. Video footage of the supposed creature has been taken as recently as 2002. Better known as “Champ”.
Source: The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and other Mystery Denizens of the Deep (Loren Coleman/Patrick Huyghe)

Lake Manitoba Monster
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Lake Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada
Description: Giant, snake-like creature with aquatic habits. Around 30 feet in length. Dark brown in color. Allegedly capable of roaring. An expedition in 1957 revealed a cave that contained the remains of small animals, as well as traces that may have been left by a serpentine animal. A supposed photograph of the creature was taken in 1962. Sighted many times in the 1950’s, though sightings died down after 1962. Also known as “Manipogo”.
Source: Cryptozoology A to Z (Loren Coleman/Jerome Clark)

Lake Worth Monster
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Lake Worth, Texas, United States
Description: Hairy bipedal being similar to a cross between a man and a goat sighted mostly in 1969. Has fish-like scales in addition to its fur. 7 feet in height. Fur is white or whitish gray in color. May be semi-aquatic in nature. Associated with a foul odor. Reported by some to show aggression, and has been blamed for the death of sheep. A supposed photograph of the creature has been taken, and footprints were also reported.
Source: Unexplained! (Jerome Clark)

Loch Morar Monster
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Loch Morar, Scotland
Description: Lake monster with a long neck. Head described as snake-like. Creature’s back is said by some to resemble an “upturned boat”. May appear as multiple humps on the surface of the water. From 25 to 30 feet in length. Dirty brown or black in color. At least one report tells of the creature being sighted out of water. Creature has reputedly been photographed. Better known as “Morag”.
Source: Unexplained! (Jerome Clark)

Loch Ness Monster
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Loch Ness, Scotland
Description: Lake monster of variously reported appearances. Often stated by witnesses to have a long neck. Up to 30 feet in length. Sighted not only in the water but also on land. Reports of camel-like monsters at the Loch are known. Other descriptions may refer to the monster as being crocodile, salamander, or frog-like. Monster has been variously reported as being shaggy or having smooth skin. Gray, black, dark brown or sandy in color. Many supposed photographs have been taken of it. Better known as “Nessie”.
Source: Unexplained! (Jerome Clark)

Loys’ American Ape
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Zulia, Venezuela
Description: Ape-like monkey or monkey-like ape. Slightly over 5 feet in height and said to walk upright. Claimed to not possess a tail. Two specimens were sighted by Dr. Francois de Loys while exploring the forests along the Tarra River. Creatures became violent and began throwing their feces at the explorer and his party. Female was shot and killed whereas the male fled. Body of the female was propped up and photographed. Scientific name of Ameranthropoides loysi has been proposed.
Source: Extraordinary Animals Revisited (Karl P.N. Shuker)

Margate Sea Monster
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Margate, South Africa
Description: Giant, white-furred sea creature sighted in 1922 or 1924. Witnesses report that it battled a pair of whales for 3 hours off the coast of South Africa. Creature was later killed by the whales and washed up on the beach. The animal’s body was measured to be 47 feet long, with a tail 10 feet long. Lacked a distinct head; only a 5-foot-long trunk-like appendage was found on its anterior end. Carcass remained on the beach for 10 days before being washed back out to sea due to the tides. Better known as “Trunko”.
Source: From Flying Toads to Snakes With Wings (Karl P.N. Shuker)

Minhocao
Classification: Cryptid
Locations: Uruguay/Southern Brazil
Description: Giant, worm-like creature known for its burrowing habits. Spends much of its life underground. Skin is said to be scaly. A pair of tentacle-like appendages is said to adorn its head. Reportedly up to 75 feet in length. Black in color. Said to cause the collapse of hillsides and roads by tunneling beneath them. Also reported to divert the course of rivers due to these tunnels.
Source: The Unexplained (Karl P.N. Shuker)

Mokele-mbembe
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Lake Tele, Republic of the Congo
Description: Large, quadropedal animal said to resemble a dinosaur. Reported to have a long neck and long tail. What may be either a large tooth or large horn is said to exist on its head. Between the size of a hippopotamus and an elephant. Has smooth skin that is brownish gray in color. Reportedly vegetarian by nature, but may also be aggressive. Creature is said to be associated with bodies of water. May also have toxic flesh, as there is a report around 1959 of such a creature being killed and eaten, with fatal results for the consumers.
Source: Unexplained! (Jerome Clark)

Mongolian Death Worm
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Description: Worm-like animal resembling the intestines of cattle. Generally described as having no facial features. Up to 5 feet in length. Dark red in color. May possess a small pair of wing-like appendages; possibly to aid in digging. Natives fear it for its reputed ability to kill humans with a chemical that it can spray at a distance. May also kill with electricity. Creature also referred to as “allghoi khorkhoi”, which translates as “intestine worm”.
Source: The Beasts That Hide From Man (Karl P.N. Shuker)

Monongahela Monster
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Central equatorial Pacific Ocean
Description: Long sea creature with both whale-like and snake-like characteristics. Sighted by sailors aboard the ship Monongahela in 1852. The sailors supposedly fought and killed the creature with harpoons. Body measured at 103 feet in length. Head possessed two blowholes like a whale and separated lower jawbones like a snake. Said to have blubber. Also had 4 paw-like appendages of hard flesh. Brownish-yellow in color.
Source: The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and other Mystery Denizens of the Deep (Loren Coleman/Patrick Huyghe)

Montoya’s Sky Manta
Classification: Cryptid?/Supernatural?/UFO?
Location: Colorado, United States
Description: Machine-like creature or creature-like machine observed by Bruce Montoya and a friend. Similar in appearance to a giant manta ray, but lacking the tail. Tips of the wings were upraised. Appeared to have leathery skin with ridges and dimples. Gray in color. About 100 feet across. Moved through the air at about 5 miles per hour. Seemed to become transparent as it moved over the treetops. Montoya reportedly attempted to shoot it, but his gun jammed.
Source: Hunt for the Skinwalker (Colm A. Kelleher/George Knapp)

Mothman
Classification: Cryptid/Supernatural
Location: Point Pleasant, West Virginia, United States
Description: Large, humanoid being with wings. Lacks any discernable head, but rather has circular red eyes on its chest that glow. Around 7 feet in height. Gray in color. Reportedly able to fly at high speeds without flapping its wings. Known for making shrieking or squeaking sounds. Supposedly has hypnotic powers. Most famous set of sightings occurred in the 1960’s. At least 1 sighting in 1967 links this being with UFO activity. Sightings relatively rare in modern times.
Source: The Big Book Of The Unexplained (Doug Moench)

New Guinea Giant Spider
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Kokoda Trail, Papua New Guinea
Description: Very large spider the size of a puppy. Jet black in color. Legs are said to be thick and hairy. Sighted by Australian soldier in World War II while fighting Japanese forces on the Kokoda Trail. Soldier noticed enormous cobwebs spread on ground and trees around him before seeing the spider. Spider was finally noticed when seen only around 1 foot from his face. The man backed away from it slowly and carefully..
Source: The Extraordinary Animals Revisited (Karl P.N. Shuker)

Okanagan Lake Monster
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Okanagan Lake, British Columbia, Canada
Description: Long, serpentine lake monster. Head is reptilian or horse-like in appearance. Sometimes said to have flippers or a mane. Back may have serrations. May be 40 to 70 feet in length. Dark green, black or brown in color. White settlers first saw these reputed creatures in the 1860’s. Thousands of sightings have taken place. Supposed video footage of the animal was taken in 1968, with other videos being taken since. Better known as “Ogopogo”. Also known as “Naitaka”.
Source: The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and other Mystery Denizens of the Deep (Loren Coleman/Patrick Huyghe)

Olitiau
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Assumbo Mountains, Cameroon
Description: Gigantic bat. Face described as flat and monkey-like. Mouth is full of teeth. Wingspan estimated at 12 feet. Completely black in color. Seen one evening in 1932 by zoologists Gerald Russell and Ivan T. Sanderson. Creature was observed by the two men as it skimmed across a nearby river. Appeared to have aggressive intentions, causing Sanderson to duck below it as it passed over him with its jaws open.
Source: The Unexplained (Karl P.N. Shuker)

Phantom Hyena-beast
Classification: Supernatural
Location: Skinwalker Ranch, Utah, United States
Description: Carnivore-like apparition with attributes of various known animals. Possessed a hyena-like body, with a dog-like head, and a fox-like tail. Moved in a fashion similar to a hyena. Large in size and very muscular; estimated at 200 pounds in weight. Reddish in color. Seen by owners of Skinwalker Ranch as it pursued their horses. After being chased itself, the apparition vanished into thin air. The horses were found to have bloody scratches after the encounter.
Source: Hunt for the Skinwalker (Colm A. Kelleher/George Knapp)

Rhinoceros Dolphin
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Western South Pacific
Description: Dolphin with 2 dorsal fins. Single dorsal fin present on the back, as in many known dolphins. Another dorsal fin is located just behind the head. Length of snout undiscerned. Body is about 10 feet in length. Upper part of the body is spotted black and white. A pod of such creatures was apparently witnessed by 2 French naturalists in 1819. They named the species either Delphinus rhinoceros or Cetodipterus rhinoceros, depending on whether it would have been a member of a new genus or not.
Source: The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and other Mystery Denizens of the Deep (Loren Coleman/Patrick Huyghe)

Sasquatch
Classification: Cryptid/Supernatural
Locations: Northwestern United States/Western Canada
Description: Large, humanoid being covered with fur. Has relatively broad shoulders and prominent eyebrow ridges when compared with humans. Averages around 7 and 1/2 feet in height. Fur color is often brownish, but may also be beige, black or white. Sometimes seen in groups. Photographic, video and footprint evidence for the creature have been obtained. Native Americans have attributed supernatural powers to this being. Known in the United States as “Bigfoot”.
Source: Unexplained! (Jerome Clark)

Staffordshire Man-monkey
Classification: Supernatural
Location: Staffordshire, England
Description: Ape-like being with ghostly attributes. A man crossing a local bridge while driving his cart in 1879 supposedly observed the creature. It jumped onto his horse’s back as he rode by. The witness noticed that his whip passed through the creature when he tried to push it off of his horse. It eventually vanished, leaving the man terrified by his encounter. His fear was so great that he was bedridden for days. Witness stated it to be dark in color with white eyes.
Source: Mysteries Of Planet Earth (Karl P.N. Shuker)

Skunk Ape
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Florida, United States
Description: Large, humanoid being covered with fur. Bipedal in stance. Height variable; ranges from “short” to 7 or 10 feet in height. Fur is dark brown, red, or black in color. Though most often associated with the Everglades, sightings elsewhere have occured. Notable for its allegedly pungent odor, which has been likened to a mixture of cow manure, rotten eggs, and skunk. A photograph supposedly depicting the creature was taken in 1997.
Source: Cryptozoology A to Z (Loren Coleman/Jerome Clark)

Tatzelwurm
Classification: Cryptid
Locations: Austria/Switzerland
Description: Lizard or snake-like animal that may or may not possess a cat-like head. From 2 to 4 feet in length. Number of limbs varies between reports; may have no limbs, 2 limbs, or 4 limbs. Grey or dirty white in color. Will reportedly jump towards humans that observe them. Specimens have reportedly been killed or found dead, but were either not preserved or later lost. Creature also refered to as “stollenwurm”, and “springwurm”.
Source: The Beasts That Hide From Man (Karl P.N. Shuker)

Tzuchinoko
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Japan
Description: Snake-like creature known for making chirping sounds. Has physical attributes similar to a pit viper, such as horn-like projections above its eyes and what appear to be heat-sensing pits on its face. One witness described its face as being “cute” and “round”. Eyes have been variously described as being either large or small. Has a clearly visible neck. Body is relatively flat when compared to pit vipers.
Source: The Beasts That Hide From Man (Karl P.N. Shuker)

Wolfie
Classification: Supernatural
Location: Cambridgeshire, England
Description: Furry, bipedal apparition said to resemble a “large-sized hare” that appeared in the local Abbey House. Also said to have “close-cropped ears”. Another description says that it has a beak and flipper-like forelimbs. Brown in color. Said to appear more solid than intangible. Sighted more often by the children of the house than the adults. Always seen moving quickly. Final sighting may have occured in 1947.
Source: Mysteries Of Planet Earth (Karl P.N. Shuker)

Yahoo
Classification: Cryptid
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Description: Furry creature similar to an ape, but ultimately may not be. Usually quadropedal, but capable of an erect, bipedal stance as well. Height when upright is between 5 and 6 feet. Said to lack a tail, but possesses long, muscular arms and long toes. Much of its torso is covered with dark fur, but lighter fur is said to exist on its neck, arms, legs, and stomach. Said to be nocturnal by nature. Associated with the Yowie, but may be a different cryptid.
Source: The Beasts That Hide From Man (Karl P.N. Shuker)

Yeti
Classification: Cryptid
Location: Himalayan Mountain Range
Description: Large, humanoid being covered with fur. Said to have long arms, a conical head, large teeth, and no tail. Fur is mainly reddish-brown to black in color, sometimes with white patches on the chest; contrary to the popular Western belief that it’s fur is all-white. Creature is at least 5 and 1/2 feet in height. Many alleged, and quite large, footprints have been found in the snow. Also known as the “Abominable Snowman”.
Source: Cryptozoology A to Z (Loren Coleman/Jerome Clark)

Yowie
Classification: Cryptid
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Description: Large, humanoid being covered with fur. One account in 1912 describes the creature as a man-like animal. It was said to have long canine teeth, deeply-set eyes and a small face. Covered with reddish brown hair. Creature may be between 6 and 7 feet in height. Also known to produce a noxious smell that can induce nausea. May produce animal-like sounds. Tales of footprints also exist.
Source: Cryptozoology A to Z (Loren Coleman/Jerome Clark)

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