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Australian folklore is filled with amazing stories of mythyical
creatures such as the Bunyip.
Stories about strange lights shining in the desert.
Another strange story is one about the unusal and non poisoneous snake, that grabs its tail and rolls all over the place, this is called the Hoop Snake.
But the one folklore story that really has folk shaking in their boots, is the one about the blood dripping Australian Drop Bear.
Travelers have told the story of wandering through the bush, only to have this frightening animal fall on top of your head.
Of blood curdling shrieks coming from the overhead trees and finding clumps of blood splattered leaves and what looks like the remains of small creatures.
Could the legend be true or maybe the stories are coming from someone's vivid and somewhat sick imagination?
The animal is reported to be around about the size of a medium sized dog.
It is said to be totally covered in a coarse, thick, grey fur.
Its legs and arms are used to climb the trees it inhabits, with sharp, dangerous looking claws on the ends of each limb.
One report stated that it was observed when the drop bear opened its mouth to scream, it showed that it had 2 long vampire like teeth protruding from either side of it's mouth, these probably would be used to rip apart its prey.
Although never reported to having killed a human as yet, attacks from these feral creatures have been known to happen...so they say.
The animal is carnivorous with its prey being mainly smaller marsupials and ground dwelling birds. It hunts during the day and sleeps at night.
Living high up in the top of trees, the dropbear is said to simply fall out of the tree on top of its prey thus knocking it out.
Visitors to Australia have been warned to be aware that this could happen when walking through densely treed areas.
It is reported that they can be found in selected areas of Australia.
The map here shows black areas where the killer bears have been sighted.
I do stress that this is only hear say and no actual proof of a sighting has been formally recorded.
The animal has never been sighted crossing roads or highways however the predominance of signage suggests, that wandering too far into the bush, either side of the road, could present a rather nasty surprise.
Bushwalking can be dangerous sometimes.
Stories have been reported, that these creatures can drop unexpectedly onto tourist heads.
The creature appears to discern a local from a tourist by observing the language being spoken.
It is quite unusual for an english speaking person to be attacked ... so they say.
An attack usually results in a few nasty bites or lacerations, no fatalities have ever been reported ... as yet.
Another observed fact, is that the animal makes an alarmingly loud noise as it drops from the tree above, thus making its imminent attack more obvious ... that's a good thing I would say.
There are several deterrants that have been suggested to help prevent the this terrifying animal from landing on your head as you wander through the bush. These are ...