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The Kongamato Of Africa

Mar 25, 2008
The name 'Kongamato' translates into 'Breaker of Boats'. Sightings of this creature have been reported in Zambia, Angola, and Congo as well as in the surrounding regions. The Kongamato is said to be a Pterosaur-Like creature. Natives, who have been asked to describe it, tell of a giant reddish brown leather winged bird that has a pointed beak with lots of sharp teeth. When these natives were shown pictures of the Pterodactyl, they immediately identified it as the Kongamato; however, when they were shown pictures of other prehistoric creatures, they dismissed it as something they have not seen before and that it was only the image of the Pterodactyl that caught their attention.

Frank Melland, describes the Kongamato in his 1923 book "In Witchbound Africa". He paints a picture of the Kongamato as creatures that lived along certain rivers and who are very dangerous, often attacking small boats. Melland further describe the creature to be red and with an estimated wingspan of 4 to 7 feet. One of the most striking reports on the Kongamato was a report by the well known zoologist Ivan T. Sanderson. Sanderson and his team were on the Percy Salden Expedition to West Africa. They had made camp and were in the process of hunting and Sanderson had managed to take down a large fruit eating bat and it fell into the water. Sanderson was making his way through the fast current, when he lost his balance and fell into the water. He then went on to face the creature that lunge for him the first time and disappeared. As he had made his way onto the River bank, the creature came back again and this time swooped towards Sandrson's companion. It managed to miss them both and then permanently disappeared into the night.

Another record of the existence of the Kongamato was that of Eng. J.P.F. Brown, who in 1956 saw the creature at Fort Roseberry near Lake Bangweulu in Zambia. He reported to have seen in around 6:00 in the afternoon. He saw two creatures that flew silently and slowly overhead. Brown described the creatures as prehistoric. The wingspan of the creatures was said to be about: 3 to 3 and as long as 4 feet from beak to tail. He reported it as having a long thin tail and an elongated snout that was similar to that of a dog. A year later in the same vicinity as before, a man was rushed to the hospital with a severe chest wound. When asked what had happened to him, he replied that he was attacked by a great bird. When the man was asked to draw the creature that attacked him, he sketched a picture of a bird that resembled the Pterosaur.

It is the Kongamato's resemblance to the Pterosaurs that have stirred speculation that prehistoric creatures may still exist in the thick forest of Africa. It is sightings of prehistoric like creatures that inspired spin off tales of Dinosaurs, Pterosaurs and other creatures living in deep pits in the heart of the African forest.

There is a website that describes the Kongamato and numerous other creatures of Cryptozoology in detail, this website is called: Unknown Creatures and it may be found at this url: http://www.unknown-creatures.com

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