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12 BIZARRE Cryptids of Australia & New Zealand - PakTune.pk
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From ancient birds and dragons to the legendary Yowie Here are 12 Bizarre Cryptids from Australia and New Zealand !

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Bunyip (BUN-yip)
This creature is one of the better-known cryptids in Oz, and is usually associated with habitats like swamps, creeks, or billabongs. It can be tough to get a precise description of the Bunyip because or so many regional variations of the beast found throughout Aboriginal Australia. Most accounts agree that the creature has tusks, flippers, and a horse-like tail. When approached, it makes a bellowing noise … and will emerge at night to devour women, children, and animals. This cryptid has been sighted since the 19th century … and seemed to pop up a lot during the Depression of the 1930s. Real-world explanations for the Bunyip have included it being the Australasian Bittern (bit-urn), a big, secretive bird that is noted for its singular booming call … it is often referred to as the ‘Bunyip Bird’. Another clue to identifying the critter might be found in the fossils of Diprotodon (dip-ra-ta-don). Members of some Aboriginal tribes have identified bones of that huge, extinct marsupial as those of the Bunyip.

Tasmanian Tiger (Thy-la-SEEN)
This was the largest known carnivorous marsupial that existed in modern times. Indigenous to Tasmania, continental Australia and New Guinea, it was identified as Thylacine. But due to its striped back, it was nicknamed the Tasmanian Tiger. The last known specimen died at the Hobart Zoo in 1936 .. . it was declared extinct by international standards in 1986. That notwithstanding, many claimed sightings of the creature have persisted to this day.

Burrunjor (burr-un-JOR)
Here’s a creature that is speculated to be a dinosaur that escaped extinction … and
resembles a theropod (THEE-ro-pod) not unlike T-rex … but it could be a dinosaur completely unknown from the fossil record. According to various sightings, the Burrunjor is bipedal, goes about 25 feet long, and has small, clawed, hands. Cattle ranchers in Oz reported a huge creature that left bipedal tracks and ate their livestock throughout the 1950s. Aboriginal accounts describe it as a giant reptilian creature that had feathers depending on the account … and was known to devour larger animals like kangaroos. According to our sources, the last reported sighting of the beast occurred in 1985, when witnesses at the Roper River claimed to see a monster that measured about 20 feet long and was covered in feathers. Because there are no reports of the monster subsequent to that, many cryptozoologists think the Burrunjor may have gone extinct … if it ever existed at all! What do you think?

And before heading to our number one cryptid, let’s take time out for an honorable mention. Now, the Platypus does indeed exist, it is not a cryptid … but it was once considered to be! So that’s why we have to recognize this marvelous mashed-up mammal, which can only be found in Australia … and has become one if its iconic symbols. Known for its duck’s bill, beaver’s tail and otter-like feet, the animal looks like it was dreamed up in a Photoshop session. And when an unliving specimen was presented to British scientists in 1798, they thought it was a hoax.
These days, the critter is recognized as one of the few mammals that lay eggs … and there are only five such monotremes that exist. Did you know it’s also one of the world’s few venomous mammals as well?

Yowie (YOW-ee)
This famous cryptid from Down Under is sometimes referred to as the Bigfoot or Yeti of Australia. The Yowie is described as standing some 12 feet tall, with a body covered with shaggy dark fur. They’re most often reported as being bipedal … but some accounts suggest that they can run on all fours as well. They seem to be most often sighted around New South Wales, Queensland’s Gold Coast, and in areas of bush country in the Moehau Range. Eyewitness accounts of the big critters were first reported in the 19th century, when they were described as ‘indigenous apes’. Sightings have continued into the 21st century. One popular theory suggests that the Yowie might represent species of ape that was thought to be extinct … or some as-yet unidentified human species. If you can capture and present a Yowie, you could be in for a reward of $200,000 Australian Dollars (app. $154,000 US Dollars). That reward was posted in the 1970s, and has gone unclaimed … so far.

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