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Styracosaurus_BWThe Ngoubou is cryptid in the savanna area of Cameroon and is claimed to fight elephants for land. The pygmies of the region call the creature a Ngoubou that translates to rhinoceros, but the pygmies say that it is not a normal rhinoceros. While a rhino has one horn, the Ngoubou has six horns around its frill. According to locals, the Ngoubou is about the size of an ox.

William Gibb and David Wetzel visited the area in 2000 and spoke with the local residents. They claimed an elder of the community had killed a Ngoubou with a spear years before and a decline in the population makes the creature hard to find.

Gibbons compared the Ngoubou similar to a Styracosaurus, but they were only found in North America. The creature has ceratopsian (beaked dinosaur) features, but fossils of this type have not been found in Africa — only in Eastern Asia, North America, and one found in Australia.

On November 17, 1919, a man named Lepage was in charge of the construction of a railway and claimed to have seen a creature resembling a Ngoubou. He said he fired his weapon at the creature as it charged him, but fled as it continued to chase him. He escaped and observed the animal through binoculars.

It was described, as written in The Times, “about 24 feet in length with a long pointed snout adorned with tusks like horns and a short horn above the nostrils. The front feet were like those of a horse and the hind hoofs were cloven. There was a scaly hump on the monsters shoulder.”

Image Caption: Artistic illustration of Styracosaurus albertensis, a Late Cretaceous North American ceratopsian similar to the Ngoubou, which has been sighted in Cameroon. Credit: Nobu Tamura/Wikipedia (CC BY 3.0)