Reckon werewolf legends are the stuff of fantasy? Think again! Howls about this little lot for starters...
Not such a boar
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…
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…
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
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?