We have heard about different amazing creatures in mythology, they were full with super powers but have you asked anyone about their existence?
It’s hard for anyone to answer, but for sure there’s an answer that will drive you crazy. Want to know that? Stick to this article till the end to know about some amazing mythical animals that exist and we have never seen them in front of our eyes.
Though all the animals you have heard of, were not real, but some animal carries their credit of being real and they really existed. Are you feeling confused or interested in knowing what we want to say you? We will not waste more of your time and move to our main topic, but please don’t leave this amazing animal if you really want to know about them.
Mythical Animal that Exists:
Listening to this name, automatically we start thinking about that beautiful fish lady living in the seas and oceans. We start remembering about the mythological stories we read in our childhood and those fairy tales. Even today you will hear about mermaid stories from the sailors and mariners.
Now, speaking about the truth, sailors are always very lonely and lead a very lonely for a month on the seas. That’s the reason, they invented stories about women with fish tails sitting on a rock or a beach.
But according to Christopher Columbus, he saw three mermaids in his lifetime and they were not so beautiful as they were supposed to be. They looked like a man and frankly saying they were manatees. Manatees are creatures that almost look like a human with a fish tail.
In the medieval Europe, there was a creature which almost looked like a horse but with a single horn on the forehead. It was believed that the horn of this shy creature had some mystic powers and so once upon a time and even today in some places a false unicorn horn is shown to prove that the existence of this animal.
But to say in real, mostly, it is the single horn of a creature called Narwhal, which is a small whale made famous by a fisherman. This Narwhal still exists today as a creature. But people who said about the description of the Unicorn were either poorly educated travelers or had some intentions.
It is also believed they have confused a straight horn African antelopes which look like a single horn when seen from specific distance and angles.
Is there anyone who don’t know about Dragons? It’s hard to find anyone. But this gigantic creature that even breathes fire is also one of the most popular creatures in Asia.
If you have a look into the ancient depictions, you will find they are described as lizards, or you can say huge lizards. Northern Europeans were not familiar to the crocodiles but this legend came out from the south. But as we see that the modern depiction is quite different from the old one and this is because the North Europeans became familiar with the crocodile and they wanted to create a distinguish between them.
Modern dragon comes with wings on their body which is a very common practice to add wings on the body of any animal which represented speed and not flying. But we people misinterpreted it as an ability to fly even if it is tiny wings.
4. Sea Monster
Some creatures were added later on like tiger sharks and other deadly sea creatures. Sometimes we have heard people saying sea monsters with long slender bodies came out of the water as humps.
But, we think in real this story was inspired by eels and whales that show humps above water. So probably you have got what you meant to say about sea monsters.
In the medieval Europe, camel-leopard was a mythical creature, even still camels were domesticated for riding and hauling. It was described that a creature with a long neck like camel and the rest of the body spotted like a leopard were seen.
Maybe it was a rare mating between a camel and a leopard. But you can be sure it’s not a giraffe. Mythical creatures are all about mythology and not about reality. If you have faith on mythology and believe on it, you may believe the stories.
So it has been proved that in mythology stories are the most powerful ones. But if you try t find out the truth, you will some to known about close realities. That’s the funny side of this article. But you should put up your collar now as you know the truth about the mythical animals that exist.
If you take a trip to the Midwestern area and ask the locals if they know of some mythical creatures, you will be surprised to hear about the Jackalope. This mystical rabbit-like-looking creature that is said to obsess on whiskey and mimic voices will be on top of their list. The Jackalope is said to have antlers protruding out of their heads, making the locals believe it is perilous.
Do you believe that this creature can just easily snatch your cup of whiskey and disappear? Brace yourself for the answer. Suzanne Peurach, a Smithsonian mammal collection manager, discovered the truth to this mythical being’s existence.
Sometime in June 2020, she came across a jackalope in one of their collections and thought it was some sort of a joke or a fake. But as she dug deeper, she found out that the jackalopes really did exist.
Except, these aren’t whiskey snatching rabbits. She discovered that these were rabbits with cutaneous tumors that looked like horns or antlers caused by CRPV, also known as the Cottontail Rabbit Papillomavirus.
This condition causes tumor growths in a rabbit’s mouth, eyes, and head. The human counterpart of the disease, HPV or Human Papilloma Virus, also causes these growths.
An interesting fact is that the vaccine for HPV was actually made from CRPV. Now that the truth about Jackalope is exposed, you can rest in the thought that your whiskey is safe and sound.
7. El Chupacabra
Another creature feared by many is the El Chupacabra. With its vampire tendencies evidenced by the remains of blood-sucked livestock, it has caused a scare since it was first seen in Puerto Rico in 1970, with several appearances in 1995.
Witnesses described the creature as lizard, alien, or dog-like. Some claimed it was a creature the size of a small bear with red eyes and spikes from the neck to its tail.
Although considered an urban legend, sightings of the chupacabra have surfaced in different areas of Puerto Rico, Maine, the Philippines, and Russia. Many people remained puzzled on whether it is accurate or not because, during the time, claims on the sightings were dismissed for the lack of evidence on its existence.
This scary-looking creature has got people coming up with theories. Though one theory actually puts sense into it because it touches a scientific approach.
According to it, these are coyotes affected by the condition called Sarcoptic mange. It results in skin shriveling, severe hair loss, and constricted blood vessels.
It can be acquired by getting parasitic mites known as the Sarcoptes scabiei. It causes scabies that leads to severe itching and extreme fatigue. Hence, they prey on livestock as it is an easier target considering their condition.
Urban legend or not, it is still safe to stay away from this scary creature anytime you encounter one.
It was way back before 1847 where people were frightened of a creature with a human-like essence and incredible strength. The only scary aspect of this is that it is a giant, hairy, monstrous version with a bad temper.
It started with a Greek explorer’s testimony of seeing this giant in the 5th century and another made by Andrew Battel when he saw a monster coming by their campfire after leaving it. In the year 1847, Thomas Savage came across gorilla skulls and bones in Liberia. This led to the discovery and other writings about the species Gorilla gorilla.
It was a tale that had people scared of the wilderness for a long time. It was given clarity when scientists finally discovered the giant’s species. Fast forward to a decade, Paul du Chaillu started hunting for live gorillas. He would then send the specimen to those who took the initiative to fund his adventures.
The crazy thing about this is that people believed in the thought of the scary gorilla up until Robert von Beringe identified the first gorilla. Thanks to those discoveries, we no longer have to fear the hairy giant they call gorillas.