Reckon werewolf legends are the stuff of fantasy? Think again! Howls about this little lot for starters...

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Not such a boar

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In 1988, three US service police officers spotted a candle burning in a shrine in the village of Rapperath, near Morbach, Germany. The locals said if the candle ever burnt out, a vicious werewolf, killed in 1806, would return. A few days later, the candle had indeed gone out – and, gulp, the servicemen received an alarm call from the perimeter fence that separated their base from the forest. When the men arrived, they saw that an animal had got inside – possibly a wild boar. But as one man shone his light, this ‘little piggy’ flashed a wolfish snarl. It then stood upright, leapt over the fence and disappeared into the forest…

 

Ghostly bone-cruncher

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As recently as 2003, a werewolf inspired mass panic in Dowa, Malawi. Morgan Amoni, then 30, was looking after his old father when he came face to face with an animal that resembled a hyena, only bigger, with longer legs. Along with 4,000 others from neighbouring villages, Amoni sought refuge at the community hall. The previous year, a similar beast had killed five locals and injured 20 before rangers shot it. Amoni thought the creature’s ghost was back for revenge…

 

Cowardly canine

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The Cannock Chase werewolf was first sighted in the West Midlands in 1975. Luckily, this cowardy custard scarpers when it encounters people. In 2006, a Mr Chapman was walking his dog when he heard a howl. Peering into the woods, he saw two yellow eyes staring at him. Soon after, three teens saw an upright wolf rummaging through bins near Brocton. A postman and a scoutmaster encountered a similar beast, too. But it ran off when it saw them, much to their relief!

 

The brat pack

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Since 1949, there have been reports of encounters with upright canines around the Great Lakes, in the US. First noticed near Bray Road, Wisconsin, witnesses said the creatures were 5-7ft, with ape-like faces and could run on all fours or on two legs. In the 1980s and 90s, there were sightings of the ‘Beast of Bray Road’ – and not always on its own… A couple were getting ready for bed near Elkhorn, Wisconsin, when they heard a scuffle in their garden. Shining a light, they saw not just one but five upright-walking wolves advancing towards them. Terrified, the couple locked the door, but the animals hung around for hours. A truly worthy werewolf tale – or should that be tail..?!

 

Do you believe in these werewolf legends?