I love the thought of this deadly monster. The explorer Mr. Richard Hamilton (conveniently a film producer too, no self promotion in this article is there) is going to spend a month trekking into the jungles of Upper Kenya and brave THE WORST PERILS in order to save the natives from the man-killing Nandi bear.
I’m not sure why he is bothering though. For one, a month is hardly enough time to have a good look around in your average jungle, is it? Lucky he is picking up those two white hunters that will help him in his travels…. I wonder if they get paid, monster or no monster?
Secondly, according to this article, the jungle is haunted by spooks, and all who enter it are believed to be doomed. Even if he gets rid of the Nandi bear I doubt that the locals will be queueing up to make their home in such an uninviting place.
Rumour has it that the Nandi bear was as big as a polar bear and would drop from the trees onto its victims.
Can you imagine something the size of a polar bear dropping from the trees onto your head? No wonder that article also says no-one has yet seen this animal. Hardly surprising. The last thing anyone who has encountered this creature saw was 300+kg of death falling from above. You are not likely to crawl out from under that and run home to tell your family, are you?
If no-one has seen it how do they know what is lurking in the trees?
Could an animal that size actually conceal itself in the foliage? Wouldn’t the creaking of branches give away its position long before any dropping could occur?
Here in Australia we have a much smaller version of this frightening creature, the Drop bear (Thylarctos plummetus)*. It is a carnivorous koala-like creature that waits in the trees for unsuspecting travellers to walk under before dropping onto their heads and, well, eating them.
Just one more thing for tourists to be afraid of out in the bush 😉
*This is a great link from the Australian Museum. If you have a look, please read the comments. There will be a lot of scared people out there…..