Monday, February 27, 2012

Monstrous Dog-Headed Pig Terrorizes Africa

Have you ever seen or heard of a monster called Dog-Headed Pig? Or would you dare meet up with one? I for one would not.

Well it happened that a mysterious ‘Dog-Headed pig monster’ have been terrorizing local residents in northern Namibia, on the southwest coast of Africa. Villagers have reported being terrorized by a bizarre dog-pig hybrid creature. The animal is said to be mostly white with a dog-like head and the broad, round, nearly hairless back and shoulders of a giant pig. Villagers were freak out because it was unlike anything they have ever seen and it was very freighting. The beast was spotted chasing and attacking dogs, goats and other domestic animals not far from the Kalahari Desert.
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As often happens when rumors of monsters spread in rural areas around the world, some locals have taken extra safety precautions, such as traveling in groups and arming themselves with weapons. In 1995 and 1996, some Puerto Ricans armed themselves against the vampire beast el chupacabra; last year, Malaysian residents patrolled the streets searching for the mysterious orang minyak, or "oily man" creature that had recently terrorized them.

What could this monster be? One Namibian official, regional councilor Andreas Mundjindi, was quoted in Informante newspaper as saying, "This is an alien animal that the people have not seen before. We don't have a forest here, only bushes. So, this must be black magic at play." Some people in the area trace the beast to one old man rumored to be a warlock or witch doctor, suggesting it's his pet (or, what witch-hunters hundreds of years ago would have called a "familiar").

The assumption that the beast has magical origins is not surprising. A 2010 Gallup poll found belief in magic widespread throughout sub-Saharan Africa, with more than half of respondents saying they personally believe in witchcraft and sorcery.

This is not the first time that unusual animals have been spotted in rural areas of Namibia; several other monsters have been reported over the years, including in July 2009, when unknown creatures reportedly sucked the blood out of livestock, including nearly two dozen goats. Though no one saw the monsters, they were said to have left footprints similar to those of a dog, but much larger. Police followed the footprints, but they mysteriously stopped in an open field, as if the creature suddenly took flight or vanished. At that time, locals were also convinced that the strange beast was the product of black magic — going so far as to accuse an old man and his sister of conjuring the creature.

It's not clear whether locals believe that the current dog-headed, pig-bodied animal is the same mystery creature that terrorized the region three years ago. Whether the reports are real or rumor, hopefully belief in these creatures won't be used as an excuse for mob attacks on elderly men and women suspected of witchcraft.

This story was provided by Life's Little Mysteries, a sister site to LivScience. Follow Life's Little Mysteries on Twitter @llmysteries, then join us on Facebook.

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