Country reported: Paraguay

The "gran bestia" (Spanish: "great beast") was a cryptid reported once from Paraguay, described in the early 1830's.[1]

Commander Robert Fitz-Roy, Captain of the HMS Beagle, was told by a Bahia Blanca garrison commandant named Rodriguez of a strange beast he had seen chained in Paraguay:[1]

"a 'gran bestia,' not many months old, but which then stood about four feet high. It was very fierce, and secured by a chain. Its shape resembled that of a hog, but it had talons on its feet instead of hoofs; the snout was like a hog's, but much longer. When half-grown, he was told that it would be capable of seizing and carrying away a horse or a bullock. I concluded that he must have seen a tapir or anta [tapir]; yet as he persisted in asserting that the animal he saw was a beast of prey, and that it was extremely rare, [footnote: "Neither of which remarks apply to the Anta"] I here repeat what he said."

Through the use of an appendix reference, Fitz-Roy seemingly suggested the animal may have been a yaquaru.[1] Austin Whittall notes that the animal sounds similar to a ground sloth.[2]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fitz-Roy, Robert (1839) Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America, and the Beagle's circumnavigation of the globe
  2. Mapinguari the Amazonian Mylodon | Patagonian Monsters