For the most part, myths are stories of old once told by those who wanted to explain a phenomenon or by parents who wanted to scare their kids into good behavior. But because we’re so much more rational than our ancestors were, we modern humans know better than to believe in them. Most of us, anyway. (We’re looking at you, Bigfoot hunters.)
But what if you knew that some mythical creatures actually existed, or at least were based on reality? How would you feel knowing you’re sharing the planet with terrifying, vampire-like creatures and gigantic deep sea krakens? While most myths are based on nothing but a bag of popcorn, today we’re counting down 7 Mythical Creatures That Existed In Real Life.
1. Vampire Deers
I want to suck your blood! is not something this deer would ever say. The term “vampire deer” is actually a nickname for different varieties of the musk deer (Moschus). Only male deers have long canine teeth which protrude from the upper jaw and they use them to compete for mates, not for sucking blood.
Musk deer live mainly in forested and alpine habitats in the mountains of southern Asia, like the Himalayas.
The Kraken is one of the most mysterious and frightening mythical creatures ever mentioned in old seafaring tales. Similar to a giant squid, but much larger and more “monster-like,” a new species of colossal squid was discovered not long ago in the Southern Ocean. Measuring more than 45 feet in length, the squid comes close to what could be described as a Kraken, its large eyes and beak being accompanied by limbs lined with giant hooks and suckers which could potentially damage even a large ship.
Indonesia was the site of discovery of yet another group of creatures believed to have only existed in myths and stories. The scientific community has recently discovered a species of extinct humans that bear a striking resemblance to hobbits. Homo floresiensis (nicknamed hobbits, of course) measure about 3 feet in height and used to have flat feet and long toes. Based on the fossils found in Indonesia, are estimated to have lived at least 12,000 years ago.
Chupacabras are terrifying, but they’re not as old and mythical as you might have thought. Since the chupacabra was first sighted in Puerto Rico at the beginning of the twentieth century, it is not only Latin but also a millennial. Chupacabra, which translates to “goat sucker” in Spanish, has also been reported to drain the blood of domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, chickens, and rabbits.
Although we aren’t sure about the blood-sucking aspect, we do have evidence that such an animal does exist in the form of the bodies of animals believed to be Chupacabras that have been killed or found by people. Finders often describe them as looking like a cross between a dog and an elephant because of their thick, hairless skin.
Chupacabra corpses are almost always those of mange-stricken coyotes, which lose their fur and take on a gruesome appearance.
Hairless Chihuahuas are shocking to see, so it’s not hard to imagine how someone could mistake a hairless coyote for a blood-sucking creature.
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