Illustration of the guiafairo by an unknown artist.

The guiafairo (Wolof: "fear that flies by night"[1]) or gina foiro is a cryptid bat-like animal reported from Senegal in West Africa. It is said to be nocturnal, resting in hollow trees and caves in rocky savannah outcrops during the day, and flying out during the night. Its appearance is accompanied by a nauseating smell which engenders a "suffocating, mind-numbing fear, but its exact physical appearance varies based on the eyewitness. Some describe it as a grey-furred creature with a human face and clawed feet, like a giant bat; others claim it is a phantasmal being with no corporeal form, which can materialise behind locked doors.[1][2][3]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Eberhart, George M. (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology ABC-CLIO, Inc. ISBN 1-57607-283-5
  2. Shuker, Karl "The Secret Animals of Senegambia" Fate 51 (November 1998)
  3. Shuker, Karl ShukerNature: BURNHAM'S BEASTS - THE SECRET WILDLIFE OF SENEGAMBIA [Accessed 19 May 2019]
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