Sandewan

Mystery animal of South Africa, possibly a Hyrax.

Physical description: Presumably small or medium-sized. Completely unknown morphology, since it is known only from its trail.

Tracks: A trail of bloody spots, 1-2 inches across, that passes under low branches and through narrow crevices. Habitat: Rocky outcrops. Distribution: Chizarira National Park, Zimbabwe.

Significant sighting: Zoologist Carina Norris examined one of these bloody trails in the summer of 1997.

Possible explanation: A hyrax of some kind, based on its preference for a rocky habitat, though hyraxes are herbivorous.

Source: Karl Shuker, "On the Bloodstained Track of the Sandewan," Strange Magazine, no. 20 (December 1998): 37-38.

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