What Is Namibia’s White Mystery Beast?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 27th, 2012

A mysterious beast has been terrorizing Namibia, Africa villagers. Read the account below. It is remarkably short on descriptive details. But based on what is known, could it be one of the two more rarely seen animals of the area?

Could it be an aardvark, also called the antbear, or, from the Dutch, Earthpig, (Orycteropus afer)?

Or the aggressive honey badger (Mellivora capensis), also known as the ratel, which from certain angles looks all-white?

Namibia’s endangered species include Wild Dog, Black Rhino, Oribi and Puku. The Puku antelope is limited to about 100 individuals along the Chobe River in Botswana and the Linyati marshes in Namibia. The Black and White Rhino have suffered the most from poaching and are on the verge of extinction. If there had been no moves to save them in the last 20 years they probably would have disappeared form the wild altogether. Although both species occur naturally in Namibia, today you will find in many of the reserves that they have been reintroduced. The country also has the largest population in southern Africa of cheetah not contained within National Parks. There are over twenty species of antelope in Namibia ranging from largest, the Eland, to smallest, the Damara dik-dik. The Gemsbok, a striking antelope with long symmetrical horns and distinctive black and white markings is featured on the Namibian coat of arms. Namibia also harbours a wealth of small mammals including Mongoose, Jackal as well as the less common Antbear and Honey Badger, these are not often seen as they are solitary and nocturnal.

In the midst of all this wildlife, recently something has been bothering locals:

An unknown creature is reportedly frightening and threatening village residents in the Uukwiyu Uushona constituency (Oshana region).

According to regional councillor Andreas Mundjindi, the mysterious animal was spotted late last Saturday [Feb. 18, 2012] chasing dogs and goats. Mundjindi says that the beast even almost injured a young man on Sunday afternoon on his way home.

“This is an alien animal that the people have not seen before. We don’t have a forest here and only bushes. So, this must be black magic at play”, the councillor told Informanté.

The animal is said to be white in colour with a dog-like head and pig-like backside. Locals are now only working and walking in groups whenever they go somewhere – day or night.

One resident told Informanté that the creature originated from a house of a grey haired man. “Everyone believes it is his beast and even he knows that we think so,” the source said, adding that the man would be so feared that no one dares to confront him.

The resident further says that people are puzzled that the mysterious animal only attacks dogs of some households while others are spared of the attacks.

“When it comes our side in the night, all the dogs are barking, but if it goes back west, then it’s all hush. People must be safe. We don’t want to be mauled by things we don’t know,” he fumed.

A teacher acknowledged that even his learners are talking about the alien animal. “Wether it’s true or not, I don’t know. Wambos are just like Caprivians. They like magic too much,” says the geography teacher. Unknown animals have been regularly spotted in the north over the past years, most notably at Okaku village. There residents accused a certain family of keeping strange animals as pets. The family successfully sued the Ministry of Safety and Security when police searched their house. Nothing was found.

The Uukwiyu Uushona councillor pleads with the owner of the unknown beast to remove it from the open before it causes injuries. “Alikana tukwateni nawa iinima yetu nokuyipa yilye yo kaayi tu fadhukiipo” – translating into “please let’s keep our things safe and feed them, so that they don’t run out into the open.”

Some of northern tribes are said to believe that keeping strange animals in their houses would bring luck, protection and wealth. Marx Itamalo, 22 February 2012

Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia (Afrikaans: Republiek van Namibië, German: Republik Namibia), is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

11 Responses to “What Is Namibia’s White Mystery Beast?”

  1. Pat Mccray via Facebook responds:

    Its called a tourist trap monster.

  2. PoeticsOfBigfoot responds:

    “Honey badger don’t care, he don’t give a ….” I love Randall’s viral video about this funny little animal.

  3. Hapa responds:

    I remember Destination Truth doing an episode on the “Namibian Night Stalker”, but that particular animal then was described as a large black creature, not dog like at all. But the terror it caused was like this.

    This could be a mutt some guy has that’s unusually agressive (Village dogs are pariahs, semi-feral, what the first dogs might have been like: if they bred with a domestic dog, like a Mastiff or Pitbull, the outcome might be what is being encountered. One theory of the Beast of Gevaudan crisis In France was that the beasts then were wolf-mastiff hybrids (Most likely the French Mastiff, or Dogue De Bordeaux, a breed so strong it was pinned against Bull in fights, and has possibly the biggest skull in the canine kingdom. 110 lbs. See Turner and Hooch for an example, and then imagine it crossed with a wolf…).

    This also makes me think of the Shunka-Warakin or Ringdocus, the “Carry-off-dog” of Indian legend and sightings, which likewise preyed on dogs (hence the name).

    I doubt an Aardvark would be killing dogs, and I have never heard of an albino one. Then again it could be rabid, but rabid animals dont last long (if it is rapid, its probably dead by now), and why would even a rabid Aardvark attack dogs in particular?

    Honey Badger fits the aggressiveness, and I think I have heard something about albino ones. But it would be unusual for Honey Badgers to target dogs like the above. However, there are true accounts of wild animals choosing unusual and often risky prey that they had a taste or craving for (Even though Bears are lbs for lbs stronger than any big cat, and Brown bears can grow far larger, one Siberian Tiger actually preyed on them commonly, using sudden ambush strikes that took the bears out before they could respond.)

    Very interesting…

  4. Wendigo Truth Force responds:

    “Watch Out” Says that Bird! lol.

  5. WIFortean responds:

    Very strange indeed….especially given the fact that the a very similar (possibly identical) story was reported back in 2009; and then the identical newspaper (Informante) reported: “Man sues villagers over ‘mysterious’ creature link”

    The February 10th, 2011 article from Informante can be seen here: Informante’s 2011 Article
    and here: Namibian’s 2011 Article

    An un-official (just off the Internet, so I can’t verify the validity of it) write-up about the 2009 activity can be seen at 2009 activity mentioned.

  6. Richard888 responds:

    I imagine that African villagers are knowledgeable of local wildlife and would have no troubles identifying indigenous animals. Since the mystery beast originated in the house of a “grey haired man”, it might be a pet that could have been brought from outside of Africa.

  7. DWA responds:

    OK. A honey badger might be an issue if he’s tipping my trash over.

    I’m hard-put to visualize being terrorized by an aardvark, however, unless I’m a termite mound.

  8. DWA responds:

    It is hard to believe that the black rhino went from “no concern” to brink of extinction in about half my lifetime – the half that you’d think would expunge all silliness about unproven folk remedies.

  9. Desertdweller responds:

    I don’t know anything about honey badgers, but the critter in the photo is definitely a badger. And it looks just as feisty as any badger I have encountered in this country….must run in the family.

    Badgers are aggressive and territorial. They are not intimidated by humans.

    Aardvark? Someone can’t tell the difference between an aardvark and a badger? Try picking one up and see what happens!

  10. WIFortean responds:

    Looks like Huffington Post also posted an article on the Namibia events.

    The information in the article is pretty much just a rehash of what has already been reported, and posted here on Cryptomundo. However there were a small number of additional details.

    “The sightings follow a number of reports out of Africa in recent years involving alleged sightings of strange creatures. In 2009, the Namibian newspaper “New Era” reported that a number of villagers had filed complaints with police stating that a mysterious tiger-like creature had been sucking blood of their livestock.”

    Police spokeswoman Christina Fonsech told the paper that police tried to track the creature’s footprints, which were doglike, though bigger.

    “We followed them but they walked until a spot where they just vanished,”

    “It’s difficult to explain what happened to those footprints because they looked as if they climbed onto something but it was in an open space, so we don’t know what happened.”

    Huffington Post article

  11. Krimeg responds:

    A big leucistic honey badger, that what I thought before WIFortean posted his comment… If that’s an unknown creature, then it may come from the most remote areas of the Kalahari desert, because desert animals tend to be lighter colored than those of other environments. The pig-like shoulders, dog-like head and footprints make me think it’s some kind of African small bear.

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