We, humans have an excellent time imagining things. We are creative beings after all. It was yesterday when I was sitting with my niece, and I saw her drawing a giant horned rabbit on her sheet. From fur-bearing trout to a giant horned rabbit, people have a lot of imaginary animals. Imagining something, even if that thing is impossibly wild, is not a big deal but assuming that imagination to be real and publicize it as an existing thing can at times prove to be wrong. Today, we'll talk about the vivid imagination that has been applied to some animals in the past, and till date, humans believe that the animals exist. But the fact is that they don't.
Let's go through some of the mythical animals that have been prevalent for a long time now and try to update our knowledge so as to prevent further transfer of misinformation.
The majestic unicorn makes an appearance in the Bible (Numbers 24:8), medieval text, and a number of other places throughout history. Even Roman historians believed in the existence of unicorns. While these stories are incredible, it's impossible to know what animal unicorns were mistaken to be. Unfortunately, unicorns never existed despite numerous accounts.
This may be hard to believe, yet at one point many did believe in the existence of the Bonnacon. This mystical bull-ish creature was said to have the mane of a horse, body of a bull, and would use its poop as a weapon. This fictitious creature was once said to shoot acidic feces over 600 meters towards enemies.
The peculiar story of the Vegetable Lamb began in the Middle Age. Rabbi Yohanan of Jerusalem is credited with popularizing the myth. What exactly was the Vegetable Lamb supposed to be? Well, this special lamb was said to be grown like a plant. It's rather difficult to believe people once believed this story.
The Aspidochelone was said to be so large that its back looked like an island. The stories of this creature were first seen in Christian and medieval text (if you're starting to notice a trend, we are too). Of course, a sea creature of this size has never been found with an island on its back.
Why can't Jackalopes be real? They might be the most believable of all the mythical creatures appearing on this list. Stories of this horned rabbit go back all the way to the 17th century with several reported sightings throughout the centuries. Unfortunately, the Jackalope only exists within our hearts and minds.
Thankfully, Swiss explorer François De Loys' was only seeking attention. If this gigantic ape had not been a hoax, our planet would be at risk of a 'Planet of the Apes' take over. De Loys' Ape was quickly dismissed as a hoax along with the picture he used to prove its existence.
Sorry to break it to you 'Game of Thrones' fans- dragons did not actually exist. It's believed, Chinese scholar Lei Xiao first mentioned the fire-breathing beasts. However, they have appeared in the lore of dozens of cultures throughout the centuries. Luckily for humanity, dragons are only a figment of our imagination.