Shug Monkey

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In the folklore of Cambridgeshire, the Shug Monkey is a creature that shares features of a dog and monkey, which reportedly haunted Slough Hill Lane (a street that leads from the village of West Wratting to nearby Balsham).[1][2] The creature, believed to have the body of a jet-black shaggy sheepdog and the face of a monkey with staring eyes,[3][4] was believed to be a supernatural ghost or demon.[2][4] Local writer and broadcaster James Wentworth Day, who first related stories of the Shug Monkey in Here Are Ghosts and Witches (1954), described it as a curious variation of Black Shuck,[1] while local folklorist Polly Howat suggests that both share common origins in Norse mythology.[5]

According to folklorist Polly Howat, sightings of the Shug Monkey have not been reported since before World War II.[5]

Further reading[edit]

  • Nick Redfern (2004). Three Men Seeking Monsters: Six Weeks in Pursuit of Werewolves, Lake Monsters, Giant Cats, Ghostly Devil Dogs, and Ape-Men (Chapter 16: "The Final Countdown"). Paraview Pocket Books. pp. 227–43. ISBN 0-7434-8254-9.
  • Nick Redfern (2007). Man-Monkey: In search of the British Bigfoot. CFZ Press. pp. 227–43. ISBN 978-1-905723-16-4.


  1. ^ a b Wentworth Day, James (1954), Here Are Ghosts and Witches, B.T. Batsford
  2. ^ a b Codd, Daniel (2010), "The Weird Animal Kingdom: Black Shuck and Other Phantom Animals", Mysterious Cambridgeshire, JMD Media, ISBN 9781859838082
  3. ^ Harries, John (1968), The Ghost Hunter's Road Book, Muller
  4. ^ a b Ash, Russell (1973), Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain, Readers Digest
  5. ^ a b Howat, Polly (1990), Tales of Old Cambridgeshire, Countryside Books, ISBN 9781853060861

Coordinates: 52°08′39″N 0°20′00″E / 52.14408°N 0.33334°E / 52.14408; 0.33334