Beast of Dean

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Beast of Dean
Beast of Dean.jpg
Artistic rendition of the Beast of Dean
Grouping Cryptid
Sub grouping Carnivore
Other name(s) moose-pig
Country Great Britain
Region Gloucestershire
Habitat Forest (Forest of Dean)

The Beast of Dean, also given the colloquial name Moose-Pig, is a cryptid that is reported to live, or to have once lived, in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England.[1] It is said to resemble a wild boar (Sus scrofa), but abnormally large in size.[2] In 1802, tired by being harassed by the mysterious giant boar which, reputedly, was large enough to have felled trees and crushed hedges and fences, farmers from the village of Parkend undertook an expedition to capture and kill the creature, but found nothing.[2][3] At that time, wild boar were extinct in Britain.[4]

The Forest of Dean, the reported home of Beast of Dean

In the science-fiction television series Primeval, the Beast of Dean turns out to be a gorgonopsid that arrived in the present day through a wormhole leading to the Permian period.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newton, Michael (2005). "Beast of Dean". Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology: A Global Guide. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 49. ISBN 0-7864-2036-7. 
  2. ^ a b "The Beast Of Dean". Forteana. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  3. ^ "Orange.net article on the Beast of Dean". Retrieved 2008-11-28. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Wild Boar in Britain - Extinction and Return". British Wild Boar. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  5. ^ Flett, Kathryn (11 February 2007). "Saturday night feast of big, big beasts". The Observer. Archived from the original on 19 February 2007.