Beast of Gevaudan

What the frick was this thing?
>consistently described as "like a wolf but not a wolf"
>the men who finally caught it said on record "once you see it you will know for sure it is not a wolf"
>size of a cow or a horse
>"tawny colored and striped with a short face"
>fearlessly attacked 200+ people over 3 years, including grown men, often in broad daylight in populated areas like village centers
>outright decapitated several victims
>survived a volley of musket fire according to witnesses

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  1. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Ah yes, nobody has ever lied or exaggerated in such tales

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      >be you
      >be a homosexual
      shut up homosexual

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        Seething child

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        Remain hopelessly moronic and credulous

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          >I'm a boring person, therefore nothing interesting ever happens anywhere

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Stop being so boring

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Beast bait detected. Don’t call on the king’s men when you meet your end

  2. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Lion transported to France by some dumbfrick noble

  3. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    >"tawny colored and striped with a short face"

    Sounds like a tiger

  4. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Tiger or Liger or some prehistoric feline species that survived till this day

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      i doubt latter is possible we would have fossils from earlier periods

  5. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    A werewolf
    >b-but some moronic peasants said
    >b-but it looked like this one animal but not actually
    keep coping

  6. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    >"like a wolf but not a wolf"
    it was probably a wolf.

  7. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Caspian Tiger released in the wild.

  8. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    A striped hyena

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      This
      It must have been a giant stripped hyena released in the wild
      Those lived in the barbary coast

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      They look goofy and smart, and I'd try to give one scritches except they can snap my bones.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        You can snap an hyenas bones too you know. Just not with your teeth.

  9. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    now don't go into into the woods alone... sweet dreams sweetheart

  10. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Literally Leviticus 26:22.

  11. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I figured it out about a week ago.

    It's description matches the Tasmanian Tiger. It's the only thing that looks like a wolf and has that coloration and striping.

    It's some kind of cryptid Thylacine native to Africa or Eurasia, or it was brought to Europe by an unknown explorer and escaped.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous
      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        Way too small and weak to be the Beast.

        I seem to remember seeing a picture of a bigger one in front of a few men, it came up to their midsections. Basically the size of a large wolf.

        But I can't find it right now.

        Anyways there's no reason to believe a breeding pair couldn't have escaped and grown to larger size in the relatively target rich environment of continental Europe compared to their normal habitat.

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          Australia is the more target rich environment by far, hence why their local wildlife is getting btfo by european species being introduced over there.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Way too small and weak to be the Beast.

  12. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Is there a book that devotes more than a page or two to this?

  13. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Why were there so MANY wolflike beasts in old France? One case might be fake or the product of hysterical witnesses, but dozens over multiple centuries?

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Look at this dude. What IS that?

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        Or this lil' guy.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        Or this lil' guy.

        People just kinda sucked at drawing back then. Elephants don't look like a weasel with tusks for example.

  14. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Rabid and fricked up dog that probably also had mange
    Seems the most likely. Would explain why people describe it as looking different from a wolf

    >Wolf with mange
    Same as wolf hypothesis but explains morphological differences

    >Bear with mange
    Also a possibility. Would be huge and odd looking.

    >Big ass wolf hypothesis
    Second most likely. This region of France was known to have wolves. Wouldn’t be the first time people confused a regular wolf for some creature.

    >Hyena hypothesis
    People would have described it as laughing which they don’t.

    >Big cat hypothesis
    People were familiar enough with lion imagery and animals from the Bible to know what a big cat was

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      >People would have described it as laughing which they don’t.
      I do remember reading about reports of it laughing, but then I went on wikipedia (both French and English versions) to look for proof, and I couldn't find any. It must be something I read from an outside source like 15 years ago when I was researching it.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Maybe some sort of wolf hybrid?
      Perhaps a mastiff crossbreed
      >Short face
      >Large
      >Tawny colored and striped sounds like a brindle pattern
      >Not afraid of humans (Dogs are less skittish than wolves; fighting breeds specially can be suicidally fearless)

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      >People were familiar enough with lion imagery
      It almost always showed them with a mane
      A lioness or a maneless lion could be harder to recognize

  15. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah, I think I'm a tigerpilled gevaudanbeastcel on this one bros

  16. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Probably a Dire Wolf

  17. 4 months ago
    Anonymous
    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      I like this, it’s much more clever than the usuals

  18. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    It was Saint Michael in his lupine form.

  19. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    mutant wolf

  20. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Are there any reports on what it sounded like? There were tons of witnesses, I'm sure plenty of people HEARD it on top of hearing it but I can't find any info on that

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      *on top of seeing it
      god damn I need to get to bed thats like my fourth frickup in the last hour

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Some descriptions were
      >its cry is precisely that of a braying ass
      >a dull sound like that of a dog wishing to bark
      Young lions make weird sounds before they can roar properly

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