|Photo: Frank Wouters via Wikimedia|
Dobhar-cú (water hound) is the Irish word for otter, but folklorists and cryptozoologists (folklore enthusiasts who pretend to be scientists) use it (or the anglicized form 'dobarcu') to refer to a little-known creature from Irish mythology. Also known as otter kings or an Irish crocodiles, there are stories of monstrous otters thinly spread all over Ireland and nearby islands. The most famous and most detailed account goes thus:
In 1722, in Glenade (County Leitrim, Ireland), a woman washing laundry in the stream was attacked by a great beast. Her husband went looking for her and found the dobhar-cú resting on her mangled and bloody body. He grabbed his gun and shot it, but as it died it cried out for its mate, who came rushing up from the water looking for vengeance. The man (perhaps with his dead wife's brother) fled on horseback to a nearby town 20 miles away, but the monster pursued him (or them) and he (or the brother) stabbed it with a spear (or dagger).The victim's tombstone still survives, with a carving of the monster getting stabbed:
|No, it's not - as I first though - a dire scotty dog:|
the bit at the front is a disembodied hand stabbing the beast.
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