Mystery animal of South Africa, similar to the Nandi Bear.

Etymology: Unknown; said to mean "gaping-mouthed bush monster."

Behavior: Nocturnal. Breaks into livestock pens and steals sheep, goats, and calves. Attacks silently. Can climb or leap over 6-foot fences with an animal in its jaws.

Tracks: Round. Claw marks, 2 inches long. Distribution: Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, and North-West Provinces of South Africa.

Significant sighting: Numerous attacks were made on kraals in the Graaff-Reinet area, Eastern Cape. A posse of more than 100 settlers failed to find it.

Source: William Hichens, "African Mystery Beasts," Discovery 18 (1937): 369-373.

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