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Qilin
2014-01-20 09:42:33

The Qilin is a mythical creature known throughout some Eastern Asian cultures. They are thought to be a good omen and bring prosperity. They are said to appear when a with the arrival or passing of a sage or ruler. They are also sometimes called a Chinese Unicorn. The fifth century BC is when the Qilin was first mentioned. One was supposedly captured in 122 BC, but with skepticism. The...

Manananggal
2014-01-19 12:54:59

The manananggal is a mythical creature in Philippine folklore. It is similar to the western vampire in looks as well as behavior. They are said to dislike garlic and salt, also are said to avoid, light, vinegar, spices, daggers, and the tail of a stingray. The name manananggal derives from the word tanggal which means to separate. Translation for the word manananggal is "one who separates...

Mongolian death worm
2013-11-27 09:51:18

The Mongolian death worm is a cryptid that is claimed to inhabit the Gobi Desert. It lives underground in hibernation except for the months of June and July. It will surface from its underground habitat when it rains and soaks the ground. It is alleged to kill its prey from a distance. It either sprays an acidic venom that dissolves anything it touches, or by an electrical discharge....

Sirrush Mushussu
2013-10-07 08:04:52

The Sirrush, also known as the mushussu, is a hybrid from Babylonian mythology. Dating back to the sixth century BC it is depicted on the Ishtar Gate of the City of Babylon. A German archeologist Robert Koldewey discovered the Gate in 1902 and thought the sirrush was a representation of a real animal. The sirrush is displayed on the gate alongside other animals like a lion and a rimi (an...

Sulawesi Bear Cuscus Ailurops ursinus
2013-08-21 14:19:04

The Sulawesi bear cuscus (Ailurops ursinus), also known as the Sulawesi bear phalanger, is marsupial that is classified within the Phalangeridae family. It can be found in Sulawesi, Indonesia, and neighboring islands. It prefers a habitat within tropical or subtropical arid or moist forests, at elevations of up to 1,968 feet above sea level. The Sulawesi bear cuscus is an arboreal animal,...

Finless Porpoise Neophocaena phocaenoides
2013-08-17 13:37:05

The finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) can be found in the coastal waters of Asia. Its range includes China, Indonesia, Korea, India, Japan, and Bangladesh. Its western range extends from the coast if India to the Persian Gulf and a distinct freshwater subspecies resides in the Yangtze River. It prefers to reside in shallow areas along the shore, at depths of up to 160 feet. This...

Kurilian Bobtail
2013-06-11 13:06:21

The Kurilian bobtail, also known as the Curilsk Bobtail or the Kurilean bobtail, among many other names, is a breed of domestic cat that is sometimes considered a breed group by some registries. The origin of this breed has been claimed by Kamchatka, Sakhalin Island, Russia, and Japan, but it is thought to have originated on the Kuril Islands. The first members of the breed occurred naturally...

Guinea Worm Dracunculus medinensis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis) is a species of roundworm with the Nematoda phylum. This species is once ranged throughout Asia and Africa, including the west coasts of Africa in Guinea. Although it is not present in this range anymore, the species retains its common name. It was identified in this area by Carl Linnaeus, who discovered the parasite in many merchants along the coast....

Baikal Seal Pusa sibirica
2013-05-01 12:55:55

The Baikal seal (Pusa sibirica), also known as the nerpa or the Lake Baikal seal, is a true seal in the Phocidae family that is native to Lake Baikal located in Siberia. This species is one of three seals that reside solely in fresh water areas. It is not known exactly how these seals came to inhabit such an isolated area, but some experts assert that a sea-passage was formed that linked the...

Al Hajar Mountains
2013-04-19 20:58:17

The Hajar Mountains, which is Arabic for stone mountains, is located in northeastern Oman and the eastern United Arab Emirates are the highest mountain range within the eastern Arabian Peninsula. Lying 50 to 100 kilometers inland from the Gulf of Oman coast, they divide the low coastal plain of Oman from the high desert plateau. The mountains start in the north, creating the Musandam...