Yesterday’s post was about a 1933 article on the Nandi bear, a terrifying creature said to be the size of a polar bear, who dropped out of trees onto the head of its unsuspecting victim. I was not sure if the bear dropped out teeth first, killing the prey that way, or if it just relied on hundreds of kilos of unexpected furry impact to knock the life out of them before beginning the feast.
Luckily I found this earlier article from 1925 giving us more details about the killing style of this terrible beast.
Apparently the Nandi bear didn’t just leap down and eat the victim whole, it was far more selective than that. According to this report the Nandi bear feasts on human brains, then scalps the victim. Nice.
Now, I don’t know too much about this biology stuff, but I think it is a safe bet that a creature the size of a polar bear who would clearly need a substantial amount of food to maintain good health and only exists on human brains in a remote jungle would be fairly easy to kill off. STAY AWAY PEOPLE!
A few weeks without its major food source and surely the creatures would be so weak that there would be very little danger of any of them climbing trees or leaping out unexpectedly. You could just stroll along and dong them on the head with a club when they lunged pathetically towards your delicious brain. Voila, a nice brown rug with strangely human hands and backward thumbs to adorn the floor of your hut.
Of course I am interested to find out what the Nandi bear does with the scalps of its victims. Is there a bear-sized hut deep in the jungle decorated with human scalps?
I’m going to add both the Thylarctos plummetus (Drop bear) link again, just because it is such a perfect match (and I’m still laughing over some of the comments), and a Bundaberg Rum advert (starring the Bundy Bear) that has unintentionally, but conveniently, combined both the Drop bear story and my mental picture of the Nandi bear.