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The emela-ntouka is an elephant-sized cryptid that lives in the Congo and possibly Cameroon.

Appearance

The emela-ntouka is claimed to be around the size of an African Bush Elephant (average 3.2 m tall, 6 tonnes; or 10.5 ft, 13,230 lb), brownish to gray in color, with a heavy tail, and with a body of similar shape and appearance to a rhinoceros, including one long horn on its snout. Keeping its massive bulky body above ground level supposedly requires four short, stump-like legs. It is described as having no frills or ridges along the neck. The animal is alleged to be semi-aquatic and feed on Malombo and other leafy plants. The emela-ntouka is claimed to utter a vocalization, described as a snort, rumble or growl.

Possible Explanations

Hypotheses include:

  • Surviving dinosaur (perhaps a ceratopsian)
  • Unidentified species of rhinoceros with a long tail
  • Hoax

Evidence

Evidence includes:

  • Eyewitness testimony

Trivia

  • The emela-ntouka was mentioned by name for the first time in 1954.

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