Seven Mythological Animals that man at one time believed actually Existed
Throughout history, man has always had a deep rooted sense of fear over the supernatural. It is possibly this particular fear that has lead our ancestors and even some today to believe in fantastic beasts and no we aren’t going to tell you where to find them. Be it a figment of man’s imagination or a magical perspective of rare animals that existed centuries ago, here are 7 mythical animals thought to exist by humans. Unfortunately, they don’t although we would love to believe they do.
The Unicorn believed to be a magical animal has always has always graced every book on mythology and folklore. In Greek history especially, the Unicorn is widely mentioned. As a legendary creature with a single horn and always colored white as a symbol of purity, its pictures have been found in many seals of the Indus Valley Civilization. What is surprising to note is that the Unicorn is not mentioned much in Greek mythology as much as it finds a pride of place in Greek history.
Ancient Greek historians believed in the existence of the magical creature who they claimed could be found a lot in India. Historians like Ctesias and Pliny all give references to the Unicorn whom they described as a one horned animal. However, till now there has never been any true evidence to support that such an animal ever existed.
At a certain point of time there were many civilizations who believed in an animal called the Bonnacon. It was believed to be a creature that had a body of a bull and the mane of a horse. Its weapon of attack was its poop which in some ways is hilarious as it could shoot acidic feces across a distance of 600 meters towards any enemy.
3 Vegetable Lamb
The vegetable Lamb was a weird story that did the rounds in the middle ages. The origin of the myth was credited to a Rabbi from Jerusalem, Rabbi Yohanan. The vegetable lamb was supposed to be part animal part vegetable and grew like a plant. Among all the mythical animals believed to have existed, this was perhaps the most farfetched one.
The Aspidochelone was described sometimes as a gigantic whale or sea turtle and was believed to be so large it looked like an island. Reference to this creature was first made in medieval texts however a sea creature of such large properties has never been found. But!!! If at all such a story had some credibility, then it could only mean that the Aspidochelone might have been an exaggeration of the gigantic Jurassic shark called the Megalodeon shark which lived 2.6 million years ago till the end of the Pliocene period. Fossil evidence supported the fact that the creature had a growth length of 59 feet.
Stories of a horned rabbit called the Jackalope go way back to the 17th century. Although there have been many references to the existence of the animal, no evidence suggested it could have possibly existed and was always a subject of mythology.
6 De Loys’ Ape
The De Loys Ape was a clever ruse concocted by Swiss Explorer Francois De Loys seeking media attention. De Loys claimed he spotted a man like primate during an expedition on the border of Venezuela and Colombia searching for oil. He even said that he had photographed the animal and circulated it among friends and journalists. However, as per De Loys accounts, the expedition members after photographing the creature captured it and skinned it for its hide. All De Loys had, was his photograph as proof of its so called existence.
With due apologies to all you staunch Game of Throne fans out there, dragons never really existed. The dragon is undoubtedly one of the most fantastic mythological animals thought to have existed. The story of dragons originated in China and was mentioned by scholar Lei Xiao who wrote about the fire breathing winged beasts. Throughout centuries, dragons are a major part of folklore and mythology of countries around the world. In truth, they are just a figment of one’s imagination although we would love to believe in them just like we do in Harry Potter and GOT.