Some say the Mokele Mbembe is Africa’s last large lizard. It is also one of the most famous mysterious creatures along with Bigfoot, Snowman and Loch Ness monster. This herbivore feeds mainly on Malombo, the fruit of a shrub that is generally split. People in the Likouala region are afraid of Mokele Mbembe because it will not hesitate to attack outsiders and no one can stop it from running angrily. For more than 40 years, explorers have searched for Mokele Mbembe in dense forests along Africa’s Congo river. There has been a long debate among mainstream scientists, local pygmies, creationists and occult zoology about the existence of this creature.
(1) In a 1909 autobiography, “Beasts and Men,” Carl Hagenbeck told of a large and mysterious animal that was hiding in Likouala region of Congo. “Deep in the great swamp lives a huge monster. It half looks like an elephant and half looks like a dragon. It may be a dinosaur that looks like a brontosaurus.” He said. It’s not just Carl Hagenbeck who has documented sightings. Missionaries discovered the footprints of a giant animal as early as 1776. The abbot recorded: “This animal is said to be taupe-skinned and smooth, roughly the same size as the elephant, at least not smaller than the hippo. It has a long, flexible neck and I heard that there is a corner on the head. It kills the humans who attack it, but it does not eat people because it is vegetarian. I even saw the path left by the animal in the vicinity of the Sombo River, but I am not sure because there are too many large animals here.” The paw marks, which could be seen on the ground, were about three feet in circumference, so they concluded that the animal’s stride length was more than two meters.
(2) In 1859, another missionary, Thomas, learned from local people that they had killed and eaten a Mokele Mbembe while fishing, but probably because the meat was poisonous, everyone who ate it died soon after.
(3) In 1913, a German captain, Freiherr von Stein zu Lausnitz, investigated Cameroon in the German colony at that time. He described it in the report: There may be an animal like an elephant called “Mokele Mbembe”, which means animals that can block the river. The name of Mokele Mbembe comes from this.
(4) In 1976, herpetologist James H. Powell and biologist Roy P. Mackal began a search for Mokele Mbembe, obtaining local legends about the animal and its food source. They found a local man who claimed to have witnessed the monster, gave him some pictures of animals to identify, and the closest answer was diplodocus. Three years later, these two scholars returned to Africa for further investigation.
Their third expedition, in 1980, even reached Lake Tele (Lac Télé ) in person. This time, they found more witnesses, and from their accounts they got a rough description of the monster: 15 to 30 feet long, with a snakelike head and neck, a long tail, a hippo body and a sauropod.
The following year, they published the results of their investigation, which refuted the hypothesis that it was a crocodile or hippo.
(5) An expedition from Waseda University in Japan also investigated the incident in 1988, but to no avail. Later, the national geographic channel’s monster hunter program searched for Mokele Mbembe with the theme “African swamp monsters,” to no avail. The presenter concluded by suggesting that Mokele Mbembe could be an African forest elephant.
In the debate over Mokele Mbembe’s true face, some say rhinos, elephants, crocodiles, pythons… One of the most widely held beliefs is about sauropod dinosaur.
It is also possible that Mokele Mbembe is a mistaken African forest elephant: when an elephant dives into the water to cross a river, its back and nose appear above the water. From a distance, the trunk is believed to be Mokele Mbembe’s neck. This is by far the most common interpretation of Mokele Mbembe.
There is also a saying: Mokele Mbembe is a dinosaur that has not yet been extinct. The most suitable of the long-necked dinosaurs is the Brachiosaurus, a fossil resembling a Brachiosaurus from the north of Cameroon, but smaller than Mokele Mbembe. So some scientists call it Europalong. They think that Mokele Mbembe is an independent segmentation of the Brachiosaurus on the island. Because it is not extinct, it is hidden in the forest and adapts to the environment.