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Mokele-mbembe, still alive?

Updated on September 3, 2016

A little back ground

According to legends in the Lake Télé area of the Congo Mokèlé-mbèmbé is a very large, very territorial herbivore that lives in the jungle and scares the locals who come across it to this day. When asked what the creature looks like, locals have been able to point to pictures of a Sauropod as closely resembling what they are seeing. The local tribes there have no, or very little, historical knowledge of dinosaurs; to them this is a monster that they are terribly afraid of and they still see today.

Lots of expeditions have taken place to search for this creature but, admittedly, very few have been what skeptics call successful in proving this creature exists. As with most animals thought to be living but not proven, only far away videos, blurry pictures and footprints have ever been found to prove there is something out there. It’s hard to image the locals are behind playing a trick on tourists by faking this creature by setting tourists up by faking footprints and creating fake animals to help fake videos.

In 1776 a missionary, Abbé Lievain Bonaventure, claimed to have seen giant footprints, freshly left, in the mud. What left the footprints wasn't actually seen by him or his party, but Bonaventure wrote in his journals that it "must have been monstrous: the marks of the claws were noted on the ground, and these formed a print about three feet in circumference." What would a missionary have to gain by telling people he saw these footprints? Why would a missionary lie about this? He would have nothing to gain by lying, he was simply writing down a description of what he saw.

In 1992 William Gibbons led an expedition in the same area in search of the creature. Gibbons searched almost two thirds of the Bai River along with two lakes that locals said were the areas where the Mokèlé-mbèmbé lived. The expedition did not provide any conclusive evidence, however they were able to record a video that people have speculated is the creature swimming trough the lake, the video is attached below.

One thing to keep in the back of your mind while reading all this, yes, there is a chance that the expedition leaders were lying to try and make some money. However, why would the locals keep telling tales about seeing this creature out in the wilderness even today? What would they have to gain? Most of them don't have much or anything at all to do with the modern world and they prefer it that way. Locals are very respectful of their heritage and want to keep their way of life as they feel it is without too much interference.

Still alive?

The History Channel TV show Monster Questeven tried to get involved in the hunt and see what

they could find out about this creature. One interesting hypothesis they brought to the table; they were able to find large cave type mounds that not only had air vents, they were large enough to hide a large herbivore. Could a giant Dinosaur be hiding in plain sight under mud dwellings?

The problem with any expeditions being able to really get into the area and thoroughly search is the dense Jungle and wild creatures that are verified as living in the area, for example, Gaboon Vipers and Hippos just to name a few. Expeditions prove to be extremely dangerous and expensive as the tourists need to hire locals and bring in equipment to help them get through the forest to the area where the creature has been spotted. Not to mention the threat of violence that is present in Africa from border wars.

Even with the threats there are still expeditions underway today to try and find out if this creature is real although they haven't been successful in finding the creature, yet. Quite a lot of the expeditions have reported close encounters and found footprints, none have been able to provide incontrovertible proof that the creature really exists for science to step in and begin their work.

Giant Mountain Gorillas were only discovered in 1902, before that they were only a tale told by the local tribes. What else could be out there we haven't discovered yet?

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      Moral Man 10 months ago

      Mokele-mbembe is real. There's a population of these animals in the equatorial rainforests and swamps of west central Africa. Cameroon, the People's Republic of the Congo, the Likouala Swamp, and Lake Telex are among the places where it can be seen. Its herbivorous, is semi-aquatic, and lives in caves along riverbanks. Its size is from 20 to 35 feet long or more, its brownish gray to reddish brown, it has serrated spikes along its back, a long neck, an elephant like body attached to four legs, a long tail, and a frill on top of its head. The animals are unfriendly, violent, and dangerous and will kill any humans coming near it by biting them in its jaws and by lashing out with its whip like tail. Its also been known to kill hippos and elephants. Hippos are absent wherever Mokele-mbembe is found, as they do not get along with eachother.

      Its rumoured that Mokele-mbembe is a Sauropod Dinosaur, or an unknown lizard, or an unknown Reptile in an order of its own. Its also known as the N'y amalgam and the Jago-nini. Whatever it is, the local people are scared of it, as it is large, powerful, and has a mean temper.

      Roy Mackal, J. Richard Greenwell, James Powell, Herman Regusters, and Bill Gibbons have all traveled to the African Congo to search for this unknown animal. Author Bernard Heuvelmans has written about Cryptids such as Mokele-mbembe in books such as "On the track of unknown animals," and the nearly impossible to find "The Last Dragons of Africa." Cryptozoology is the study of unidentified animals. Africa has a zooful of cryptids, all of them dangerous and scary, such as Mokele-mbembe, the Chipekwe, Kasai rex, the Kongamato, the Laud, the Lukwata, the Pongo, the Mngwa, the Emelia ntouka, the Mblieu mblieu mblieu, the Water elephant, the Mandible bear, the Dingonek, the Nba fork, the giant Congo Python, the Lau, and the list goes on. It really is a Lost World in places such as Africa.