Encyclopaedia of Cryptozoology
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The ntambo wa luy (Luba-Kasai: "water lion"[1]) is a water lion reported from the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Luembé River,[2] often synonymised with the ntambue ya maï and the simba ya mail.[1]

Hunter Charles Mahauden once asked some Katangan elders if it would be possible to travel up the river Luembé to Kasanju. The men did not answer, showing that they had some kind of taboo about the area, so Mahauden pretended to be a little offended, prompting them to explain that an enormous "water lion" called ntambo wa luy lived in a part of the Luembé, capsizing any canoes which passed and eating the occupants. They had never seen its tracks, so they assumed that it rarely left the water.[2][3]

In the time of the elder's forefathers, "many rainy seasons" prior, one entered their village and killed three men: since that incident, none of the tribe ever went downriver, despite it being a potentially lucrative route for travel and trade.[2][3]

The elders refused to lend him a canoe to travel upriver, as they did not want anything bad to happen to a traveller in their land, so Mahauden asked them which part of the river the ntambo wa luy lived so that he could avoid it, and was told that it lived between the third and fourth tributaries. The next day, Mahauden set out alone to explore the region beyond the third tributary, but found the river full of wildlife, including hippopotamuses, leading him to conclude that the ntambo wa luy was simply a myth.[2][3]

Similar cryptids[]

Other water lions include the coje ya menia, the dilali, the mamaimé, the mourou-ngou, the nzefu-loi, the ngoroli, and possibly the dingonek.

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Eberhart, George M. (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology, ABC-CLIO, Inc., ISBN 1576072835
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Heuvelmans, Bernard & Rivera, Jean-Luc & Barloy, Jean-Jacques (2007) Les Félins Encore Inconnus d’Afrique, Les Editions de l'Oeil du Sphinx, ISBN 978-2914405430
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Mahauden, Charles (1965) Kisongokimo: Chasse et magie chez les Balubas
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