Monsters of Africa: The Catoblepas.

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As the stories of the Catoblepas originate in Ethiopia, it is thought to have sprung from encounters with wildebeest. Most of the time the creature is described as being a mid-sized herbivore, about the size of a domestic bull, with bloodshot or glowing eyes, and a heavy, shaggy mane of hair. The head was so heavy that the beast could only look down. In some descriptions, the animal’s gaze was lethal and could turn men to stone(making its downward gaze very fortunate), and sometimes its breath was poison, since it ate only poisonous vegetation.

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