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For more than a century, Africans have spotted a large, reddish creature with leathery wings and a sharp beak, in many respects similar to a pterodactyl.

First popularized in Frank Welland's 1932 book, In Witchbound Africa, the Kongomato (also spelled "Kongamato" by some sources) has been the subject of numerous reports and much speculation. Its name translates to "overwhelmer or breaker of boats." When crossing rivers, Zambians often carry charms, called "muchi wa Kongamato," to protect them from the bad-tempered creature, which allegedly has attacked people on several occasions.

Although many Zambians have reported hunting or even killing the kongomato, no intact bodies or even partial remains have ever been recovered for scientific study.

To the west, in Cameroon, natives describe a nocturnal, batlike creature that they call Olitu, and whose key features sound much like those of the konogomato, giving rise to speculation that it might be a migratory creature.

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