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2009-06-22 06:45:00

In the Doñana National Park in the southernmost Spanish community of Andulia, roadside signs abound warning drivers to watch out for wild Iberian Lynxes, one of the rarest species of cats on the planet. With less than 50 of the endangered felines roaming the park's 134 square miles of protected scrubland, forests and marshes, the chances of actually seeing one of the stealthy creatures is slim at best. Less than a hundred years ago, there were an estimated 100,000 Iberian...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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