Mapinguari

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A Megatherium, an extinct genus to which cryptozoologists relate to the Mapinguari

In South American folklore, the mapinguari or mapinguary (Spanish pronunciation: [mapiŋɡwaˈɾi], Portuguese pronunciation: [mapĩɡwaˈɾi]), also known as the "Isnashi" [isˈnaʃi], is an entity described as resembling an ape-like or slothish creature with red fur living in the Amazon rainforests of Brazil and Bolivia. The name is usually translated as "the roaring animal" or "the fetid beast".[citation needed]

Appearance[edit]

According to native folklore the creature has a series of unnatural characteristics related to other fantastic beings of Brazilian mythology. These include the creature only having one eye, long claws, lizard-like skin, backward feet, and a second mouth on its belly. In more recent alleged eyewitness accounts, it has consistently been described as resembling either an ape or giant ground-dwelling sloth and having long arms, powerful claws that could tear apart small trees, a sloping back, reaching heights of 7 feet when standing on its hind legs, and covered in thick, matted fur.[citation needed]

Habits and abilities[edit]

According to legend, it is slow but ferocious and very dangerous due to its ability to move without noise in the thick vegetation, surprising the unsuspecting locals. Accounts state that it gave off a putrid stench and emitted a frightening shriek, and that weapons such as arrows and bullets could not penetrate the Mapinguari’s alligator-like hide. Its only known weakness is that it avoids bodies of water, which limits its movements in a region where so many rivers, brooklets and lagoons exist (especially during the rainy season). It was believed to be carnivorous, as a 1937 report from central Brazil claimed a mapinguari had gone on a three-week rampage, killing over 100 cows and ripping out the tongues from their carcasses. However, in all accounts it did not eat humans, although when it smells the presence of people it stands up on its back feet, becoming as tall as two metres, a movement similar to grizzly bears.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Rohter, Larry (2007-07-08). "A Huge Amazon Monster Is Only a Myth. Or Is It?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-30.