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Ninki Nanka and Kikiyaon
Season 2 - Episode 213
Ninki Nanka and Kikiyaon
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Ninki Nanka is a legendary creature based in West African folklore. Descriptions of the creature vary, but the consensus is that the animal is reptilian and possibly dragon-like. According to tradition, the Ninki Nanka lives in the swamps of West Africa. The animal is said to be extremely large and dangerous. It is believed that when children disobey their parents and go into the swamp, the Ninki Nanka will take them away. This creature's tales were never recorded but the story of it has spread from tribe to tribe all over Africa.


A group of "dragon hunters" from the Centre for Fortean Zoology went to Gambia in the summer of 2006 to investigate the Ninki Nanka and take testimony from those who have seen the creature. One interviewee who claimed to have had an encounter with a Ninki Nanka said it looked similar to a Chinese dragon.

Gambia: Kikiyaon

Then, meet one of the most terrifying and least-seen forest creatures: the Kikiyaon. Its very name can conjure a look of terror. It is described as resembling a large owl of human proportions. It has a large beak and raking talons on its arms and feet. In many respects it is a mixture of bird and human. The Bambara people say it has a huge pair of feathered wings that grow from its back. Sharp shoulder spurs serve as weapons if its razor-sharp claws fail. The Kikiyaon is said to be covered in short greenish-gray hair, and some reports speak of a short tufted tail.

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