Cadejo: Red Eyed Dogs of Central America
A White Cadejo and a Black Cadejo. Photo: whydoihavetoart
Cadejo are large black or white dogs from Central American folklore. The White Cadejo is a kind spirit who tries to protect travelers while the Black Cadejo is an evil spirit who tries to kill them.
The White Cadejo
A White Cadejo – keziadoesart
The White Cadejo is described as a huge white dog about the size of a cow. They have burning red eyes, goat-like hooves, horns and shaggy fur. Their movement is described as being more like a deer than a dog or a wolf. The White Cadejo appears to people travelling at night time and will protect them from anything that would wish to harm them, especially the Black Cadejo.
The White Cadejo is benevolent and only eats bell shaped flowers that grow on the side of volcanoes. The White Cadejo has even been said to protect people from the evil Le Siguanaba.
In Central American mythology the Cadejo was said to help bring the spirits of the dead to the afterlife.
The Black Cadejo
A Black Cadejo – Espookytales
The Black Cadejo is similar in appearance to the White Cadejo apart from it’s dark black fur. It is also said to have a horrible pungent smell similar to urine and sulfur. The Black Cadejo wishes to devour travelers and will chase them and try to attack them. Sometimes the Black Cadejo is seen with a large chain attached to its neck and dragging behind it as if it has escaped from somewhere where it was chained up.
In some variations of the legend the Black Cadejo has purple eyes and seeks out newborn infants to eat. Some say that the Black Cadejo is simply a manifestation of Satan or the Devil.
The Black Cadejo is said to cause people to make bad choices and tempt them to sin.
If you manage to kill a Cadejo that attacks you it is said that the horrible smell will linger in the area for several days.
A news report about a Cadejo sighting in El Salvador
Many people in Latin America claim to have seen a mysterious black or white dog that seems to be supernatural in origin.
One man in Nicaragua believes he encountered a White Cadejo while working late on a farm. The man was gathering up his tools, preparing to go home for the evening when a happy white dog emerged from the woods and wanted to play with him. The man threw a stick for the dog and it ran off after it. Strangely as the dog got further away it seemed to grow in size. When the dog picked up the stick it appeared to be the size of a donkey.
The dog ran back to the man and appeared to shrink in size as it got closer to him. The man was frightened and shooed the dog away. When he told the other farm workers about his encounter they told him it sounded like he had been blessed by a visit from a White Cadejo and he would now have good luck.
Possible Explanations for the Cadejo
The people who lived in Central America where the legend originated lived lives that were close to nature. They needed to have their wits about them at all times especially if travelling at night time. Legends such as the Cadejo helped them to stay alert for danger at night.
It could be that people have just misidentified large wild dogs or strange looking deer.
What do you think about the Cadejo? Let us know in the comments!
If you enjoyed this article you may be interested in other legends from Central America such as La Llorona and La Siguanaba.
Nandi Bear: A Ferocious African Cryptid
An artist’s interpretation of the Nandi Bear. Photo: Cryptid Archives.
The Nandi Bear is a ferocious cryptid spotted in the highlands of Kenya during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Description of the Nandi Bear
A footprint of a Nandibear
The Nandi Bear is also known as the Chemosit, Kerit, Koddoelo, Ngoloko, or Duba. It has been described as as a carnivorous animal with a formidable build, possessing long legs exceeding a height of four feet, and a back that slopes downward. It is described as being highly aggressive in nature.
Nandi Bear Sightings
A drawing of a Nandi Bear encounter by A. McWilliams
A number of early 20th century authors mention the Nandi Bear in their work.
Richard Meinertzhagen claimed in 1905 that he was told by the Nandi people that the Nandi bear was once widespread when they first settled in the highlands of present-day Kenya, around the early 17th century.
The Nandi people believed that the rinderpest epidemic towards the end of the 19th century pushed the Nandi bear to the brink of extinction. Although the Nandi bear was never numerous, it was not uncommon prior to the epidemic.
Unfortunately, the population never fully recovered from the impact of the outbreak. During the colonial era, the Nandi bear was held responsible for the deaths of numerous native people, whose skulls were found crushed every year.
While the Nandi Bear was widely feared by the native population, it does not appear to have been known to Europeans or colonial officials until the beginning of the 20th century.
Prior to 1912, the Nandi reportedly killed a Nandi Bear after it climbed onto the roof of a hut, broke through, and killed everyone inside. Subsequently, the village inhabitants burned down the hut with the animal still inside. Geoffrey Williams had heard of a similar animal’s preserved skin in Kabras, but was unsuccessful in obtaining it.
There were rumors that a Boer had shot a Nandi bear, but was unable to retrieve the carcass. C. W. Hobley wrote of this story.
Similarly, a farmer from Uganda named K. R. Williams supposedly unintentionally poisoned a young Nandi bear while setting out bait for hyenas.
Williams described the animal as being much larger than a spotted hyena, with the same yellowish fur, and a head similar to that of a bear. However, when he returned to his camp to retrieve a knife for skinning the carcass, actual hyenas had dragged the Nandi bear’s body away.
In 1905, while on the Nandi Expedition to the Uasin Gishu in western British East Africa, Geoffrey Williams wrote of his experiences with the Nandi Bear.
He observed an animal of around 5 feet in height sitting upright like a zoo bear, with small pointed ears and a long head, about 30 yards away.
The creature then ran away with a sideways canter towards the Sirgoit Rock. Williams quickly took a snapshot of the animal with his rifle, but missed it.
He claimed the Nandi bear was larger than a typical zoo bear and heavily built, with thick fur covering its forequarters and all four legs. The hindquarters were relatively smooth, and the color was dark.
Williams could not recall much about the ears, but mentioned that they were small, and the tail, if any, was tiny and barely noticeable.
Engineer Dennis Burnett and his wife Marlene reported the most recent documented sighting of the Nandi bear in February 1998.
While driving along the Koru-Kisumu road near the base of the Nandi Escarpment during a rainy evening, they saw a large animal crossing the road.
Upon reversing their car, the couple observed the animal for about fifteen seconds. Although they initially thought it was a bear, they soon realized that it was “an enormous, shaggy hyena – resembling a Striped Hyena but significantly larger.”
Theories about the Nandi Bear
Bob Gymlan of Bigfoot hunting fame has posted a detailed video telling the history of the Nandi Bear.
In 1923, Charles William Andrews proposed that the Nandi bear might be a surviving species of the extinct Chalicothere. Louis Leakey later suggested in the 1930s that the Nandi Bear’s descriptions matched those of the Chalicothere, despite chalicotheres being herbivores.
The Chalicothere hypothesis was eventually abandoned. In 2000, paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs stated that if Chalicotheres still existed, they would have been discovered, much like the giant forest hog. Jacobs concluded that if there was any truth to the Nandi bear story, it could be a description of gorillas passed down orally across the continent.
Zoologist Reginald Innes Pocock argued that the Nandi bear sightings were actually misidentified spotted hyenas. The British Natural History Museum also stated in 1932 that many reports of the Nandi bear were nothing more than spotted hyenas.
Paleontologist George Gaylord Simpson claimed that the Nandi bear turned out to be honey badgers, which zoologists had been aware of since 1776.
Have you ever seen a Nandi Bear? Let us know in the comments.
If you enjoyed learning about the Nandi Bear you might also be interested in the J’Ba Fofi: A Giant Congolese Spider Cryptid or the Tikoloshe, a South African Cryptid.
Squonk: The Saddest Cryptid
The Squonk as featured in Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods by William Cox. Photo: Wikipedia
The Squonk is said to be the ugliest creature in the world. It is so ashamed of its appearance that it will hide from anyone who approaches and, if caught, it will dissolve into a puddle of tears.
The Legend of the Squonk
The rock band Genesis wrote a popular song about the Squonk
The first mention of the squonk in written history is in William Cox’s 1910 book “Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods, With a Few Desert and Mountain Beasts.”
Cox describes the as the ugliest animal in the world and claims it is aware of its unfortunate appearance.
Cox claims that the squonk used to have a wide distribution and preferred habitats with plenty of desert vegetation on high plains. As these areas changed into swampy, lake-dotted regions, the squonk was forced to adapt to the water.
Due to its low intelligence, the squonk constantly searched for food by swimming in the marshes, and over time developed webbing between its toes, but only on its left feet that were submerged in water. As a result, it could only swim in circles and could never return to shore, leading to thousands of squonks dying from starvation, as evidenced by fossil bones found in the lake bottoms.
Cox also claimed that the squonk can only be found in the hemlock forests of Pennsylvania. It is said to be shy and reclusive, and can be seen mostly during twilight hours.
It is covered in a loose and warty skin that doesn’t fit properly. The squonk is known to be perpetually unhappy and often weeps due to its distressing appearance, leaving a trail of tears that can be followed.
The best time to search for a squonk is during moonlit nights, as it tends to stay hidden in its hemlock dwelling, afraid to catch a glimpse of itself in a reflective pool.
Sometimes, the sound of a softly weeping squonk can be heard, which sounds like a mournful call resembling that of the cross-feathered snee.
A Mr. J.P. Wentling had a disappointing experience with a squonk near Mont Alto. He captured the squonk by mimicking its crying sounds and tricking it into hopping into a sack. As he carried it home the sack suddenly became much lighter. Wentling unslung the sack and looked in. He found that the squonk had dissolved into tears and bubbles.
A variation of the squonk meme that has become popular in recent times.
The squonk has become a meme in recent times, with many internet users feeling like they can relate to the poor little creature. The squonk has even featured in one of our paranormal meme dumps.
Have you ever seen a poor little squonk in the wild? Let us know in the comments.
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