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7 Cryptozoological Monsters That Need More Love

In the world of cryptozoology, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster are your A-list celebrities. Everyone’s heard of them, everyone has an opinion about them, and they’ve had their personal ongoings splashed across the tabloids. But there are more spooky creatures that may or may not be real in the world! And I think they deserve the same love and belief/disbelief as Bigfoot and Nessie. Allow me to introduce you to these, the lesser-known cryptozoological monsters!

1. Aswang

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The Aswang is a vampire-like creature from the Philippines that can shape-shift. Sometimes they live among us as our quiet, shy neighbors who like to eat fetuses and transform into animals at night. Unlike vampires, though, they’re not harmed by sunlight and feel a full range of emotions. Really, they’re just like us! (Minus the shape-shifting abilities and craving for child flesh.)

 

2. Dover Demon

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Often overshadowed by the Jersey Devil, the Dover Demon was seen in Massachusetts on April 21 and April 22, 1977 when a few teenagers made the claim and each drew sketches of the creature. The Dover Demon possesses large, glowing eyes and tendril-like fingers. Some suggest that the kids either made it up or saw a moose calf in the dark, but I want to believe.

 

3. Flatwoods Monster

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Hailing from Flatwoods, West Virginia, the Flatwoods Monster is said to be seven feet tall with a black body and a dark, glowing face. The head is elongated and diamond shaped, with a large, circular cowling of some kind behind the head. It’s often seen accompanied by a large, pulsating red ball of light, leading UFO-ologists to believe it might be an alien with a craft in tow.

 

4. The Beast of Exmoor

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Across the pond, in the UK’s Devon and Somerset, exists a fearsome creature known as the Beast of Exmoor. Reported to be a large, alien cat of some kind, the Beast slaughtered a slew of livestock in 1983 and was even seen fishing in the River Barle at Simonsbath. The Beast is still held responsible for various random farm animal deaths.

 

5. Champ

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One of America’s very own lake monsters, Champ (or Champy) lives in Lake Champlain. There have been over 300 reported sightings of the monster, with legends dating back to Native American tribes in the region. The Abenaki referred to it as “Tatoskok”. Champ is typically described as an incredibly large water serpent of some kind, and continues to draw tourists from around the world. In fact, the village of Port Henry, New York has erected a giant model of Champ and hosts “Champ Day” on the first Saturday of every August.

 

6. Enfield Monster

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The Enfield Monster was first seen around Enfield, Illinois in the spring of 1973. At the time, the media believed it might’ve been a wild ape or escaped kangaroo, but obviously we know better. Henry McDaniel, the first to see the creature, said, “It had three legs on it, a short body, two little short arms, and two pink eyes as big as flashlights. It stood four and a half feet tall and was grayish-colored.” He fired off a couple shots and discovered footprints outside his home that were dog-like in shape with six toe pads. A group of men were later arrested for trying to hunt the creature.

 

7. Fouke Monster

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Sometimes considered to be a cousin to Bigfoot, the Fouke Monster from Arkansas is also known as the Southern Sasquatch. Reported to be seven feet tall and covered in dark, matted hair, he’s probably the last thing you’d want to run into while taking a stroll through the wilds of the south. Sightings have continued since the 1970s, with plenty of books being written about the creature.

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