Legends of the Mapinguari

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These menacing monsters have roamed the jungles of Brazil. Their origination is from tribal lore. There are eyewitness reports of these creatures known as Mapinguari (pronounced ma-ping-wahr-EE). Each eyewitness report are from loggers and tribal members. These things are so incredibly rare, they have only been seen by a few people. What the witnesses have mentioned was something similar from a monster movie. The Mapinguari stand between 10 to 12 feet high, they have alligator-like skin which is so tough it stops most weapons from piercing through it.

The Mapinguari also have a foul odor about them and when it wanders it will tear through the treeline. They are aggressive towards humans and seem to be guardians to their own kin. Perhaps these are the soldiers of this species. They are also reported as being hairy and have claws as well. Like Bigfoot (Sasquatch) they seem to be incredibly strong.


They also seem to have only one large eye near the top of their head like a cyclops and a mouth located in their abdomen area. This mouth was used to consume any human unfortunate enough to cross its path. In fact, the Mapinguari seem to be shaped like a large orangutan monkey by comparison of their body mass. An adult male orangutan can grow to well over 7 feet tall.


The Mapinguari have made their way into Brazilian pop culture just like many cryptid creatures. The town Rio Branco has even put up a statue in its honor. Mapinguari have been heard to devour herds of cattle but it has yet to be proven. To date—there hasn’t recently been any sightings, scientists speculate the Mapinguari could actually be a relict ground sloth, which was thought to have been extinct well over 10,000 years ago. Giant sloths in South America date back to the 1890’s.


The Amazonian jungle is still very much unknown. These animals could stay hidden in the jungle and perhaps have some population living in certain areas. No skeletal remains or stool samples have been found either. Only unverified tracks have supposedly been found.

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