The human imagination is endless, taking an animal and reshaping it from fear or fascination. We want to believe these mythical creatures exist because they scare us, fascinate us, or cause us to wonder what else is out there. Sometimes they’re made up out of thin air, but more often than not, they’re inspired by real animals. Curious about what these real mythical animals are? Here are the 25 Bizarre Mythical Creatures Inspired By Real Animals.
Beast of Bray Road
From 1989 to 1991, a strange creature roamed the streets of Bray Road in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, preying on three girls on three separate occasions. All their accounts lined up with the same kind of creature and a news reporter started to investigate. While nothing came of it, many have suggested it could have been a wild dog, wolfdog, or a waheela.
The Kelpie is a Scottish mythological creature that would reside in the lochs and rivers, luring people to ride on its back down to a watery grave. Logically, this creature must have come about when Celts and Druids of the time saw horses that swam in the lochs.
Discovered by Col. Percival Fawcett as he explored the South American jungles, the Maricoxi are like their version of bigfoot. Fawcett described them as giant hairy men that used bows and arrows but could only make grunting sounds. It’s likely the Maricoxi are based upon an unknown human tribe living in the jungle.
The Bunyip is a sea monster from Australian folklore said to inhabit swamps and billabongs, waiting for its prey to walk by before attacking. While descriptions varied, some included a horse-like tail, flippers, and walrus-like tusks or horns. Researchers believe it was inspired by the Diprotodon, an extinct creature that attacked early Australian settlers.
Residing in the river regions of South America, Minhocão is a giant earthworm 82 feet long and 3 feet thick, digging massive underground trenches. Many sightings have appeared since the 19th century, and it’s said to have overturned boats. Scientists believe it is inspired by Titanboa, an extinct prehistoric snake.