Samuel Richard Tickell claimed that hippopotami and orangutans existed in India. On the existence of the hippopotamus, he wrote:[1]

"I have been credibly informed of this, by several who witnessed the animals at a distance, and afterwards examined their foot-marks (their surmises being corroborated by the natives of the country.)"

He also claimed to have caught a glimpse of an orangutan himself. Henry Piddington thought the "orangutan" could have been one of the bandar-log.[2]



Missionary Thomas Bridges described "beavers" living in western Tierra del Fuego, 80 years before that animal was introduced to Patagonia.[3]



James Sligo Jameson, an officer of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition stationed at Yambuya on the Aruwimi, a Congo tributary, wrote in his diary entry for 7 January 1888 that:[4]

"Assad Farran [a Syrian interpreter] came to me this morning, and told me that a curious beast, which he was sure was a whale, habitually came out of the water near our two canoes, and fed on the grass on the bank, but disappeared back into the water on the approach of any one. He said the sentry over the canoes constantly saw it, and on my inquiring if he was certain that it was a whale, said, "Oh yes! It is something like the shape of a crocodile; I am sure it is a whale." I imagine the animal to be an iguana; however, he is to let me know the next time it is visible, for me to shoot it."



Whilst exploring Papua New Guinea in 1906, Charles Monckton (who also reported the Gazeka) came across the spoor of a fairly large carnivore:

"The tracks and excrement of a fair-sized carnivorous animal were also seen: the excrement consisted of masses of fur and hair, mixed with crushed and splintered bones; in one case a splinter of bone two inches long — of a large animal — was imbedded in the deposit. In another the complete, though disarticulated, skeleton of a large rat, unbroken except at one point, where it had apparently been bitten through the spine, had been passed in a mass of fur. The tracks varied in size from those of a foxhound to those of a terrier.

He believed the smaller tracks may have been made by the "wild dog" earlier reported by William MacGregor.[5]



French hunter F. Edmond-Blanc claimed to have seen a giant ratel or honey badger during a 1932 expedition to Ubangi-Shari (now the Central African Republic):[6]

"The existence of a large ratel was borne out by one I saw; unfortunately I did not have time to fire. I bitterly regretted it because of the beast's size which seemed to me to be really gigantic."



A Kentucky, United States, woman living on a farm near Winchester claimed she saw her two young granddaughters feeding biscuits to a bear and ran out of the house so fast she "scared the bear so bad that it forgot to drop to all four [sic] and ran away on its hind legs".[7]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Tickell, Samuel Richard "List of Birds, collected in the Jungles of Borabhum and Dholbhum", Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal (1833)
  2. Piddington, Henry "Memorandum on an Unknown Forest Race (of Indian Veddas?) inhabiting the jungles south of Palamow", Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal (1833)
  3. Whittall, Austin (2012) Patagonian Monsters
  4. Jameson, James S. & Jameson, Mrs. James S. (1891) The Story of the Rear Column of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition
  5. Monckton, Charles (1922) Last Days in New Guinea
  6. Heuvelmans, Bernard (1955) On the Track of Unknown Animals
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Phantoms