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It is this creature that many Cryptozoologists believe to be a Sauropod dinosaur, going on eye-witness accounts and descriptions by the local tribes. However descriptions of "one who stops the flow of rivers" varies from legend to legend. It is said to be as large as, if not larger than, a hippopotamus, long-necked and a Herbivore (plant-eater) although many believe it has on occasions attacked other animals, as well as canoes that steered too close..
Numerous expeditions have set out over the last 250 years to capture the beast, or find proof of its existence. In recent times a number of TV Documentary shows have travelled to Africa in search of video evidence of said animal, however there has never been any concrete proof found that the creature exists, although many have alleged finding large unexplained tracks near rivers and hearing mysterious terrifying roars.
It is said that natives told missionaries that in 1959 a local tribe had killed a Mokèlé-mbèmbé and ate it, with the men who had devoured meat taken from the creature dying shortly afterwards due to the creature's "powers".
Apart from this shaky footage, no other evidence has been produced apart from anecdotes from folklore and supposed eye-witness accounts, one in which an American explorer and writer claims, upon seeing what appeared to be a large creature just underneath the surface of the river, he was held at gunpoint by the locals who stopped him from further exploring as they viewed the creature as a "God", and not approachable.
Other creatures said to be residing in Africa, also said to be dinosaurs, are Emela-ntouka, a cryptid described as a one-horned diplodocus-like creature, the Ngoubou, which is said to be a 6-horned Styracosaurus, and Nguma-monene, a water-residing dragon.
Also alleged to reside in the Congo is a terrifying creature by the name of Kasai Rex, a supposed Tyrannosaur that was seen attacking and eating a rhinoceros in a valley in 1932. One witness fainted while the other ran away. It is claimed this creature was photographed but the 2 photos taken were proven fakes, however reports of a terrifying creature resembling a T-Rex has been reported for years attacking animals and cars, on one occasion it is said to have snatched a man from a Jeep while running besides the vehicle!
However these stories have not been proven as fact.
Australias Dinosaur Legend
Are these myths and legends from the African tribes based on reality?
Do these creatures really exist, and are they perhaps surviving members of species from the Jurassic Era?
And if so, how have they managed to remain elusive and hidden from the worlds eyes, not leaving any trace of evidence of their possible existence?
Or are these creatures "spirits?"
Put together by Ashley Hall 2013