Monsters of Africa: Mokele-mbembe!

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Mokèlé-mbèmbé means “one who stops the flow of rivers” in the Lingala language. This is a legendary water-dwelling creature of Congo River basin folklore and closely resembles the extinct sauropods of the dinosaurs’ reign. It is usually described as being gray-brown in color, and it prefers river bends and deep water in its jungle habitat. Some cultures, such as those of Boha Village, describe the creature as a spirit rather than a flesh-and-blood animal. Some reports describe it as being more like elephants, rhinoceroses, and other known large animals. Since neither species of African rhinoceros is common in the Congo Basin, the mysterious  animal may be a combination of mythology and folk memory from a time when rhinoceros were actually found in the region.
Numerous expeditions to Africa in search of Mokèlé-mbèmbé have been launched,  and some have reported close encounters. However,there have been sightings of it for the past two hundred years, but no one has photographed it or produced any physical evidence that it exists.


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