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Depictions of Exotic Beasts based on Hearsay

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People have been drawn to stories about exotic animals throughout our history. The further you go back in that history, the less likely those stories were accurate. 

The power of the mind can be hilariously wide of the mark :P

https://io9.gizmodo.com/how-europeans-imagined-exotic-animals-centuries-ago-ba-1545362205?IR=T

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Vlad the Mighty

I love the expressions those medieval artists give people. Look at the look those horses are giving that elephant (or possibly warthog). 

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Orphalesion

Just as an dditional fun-fact. The brightlz coloured panther is breathing out technicolor smoke because several Medieval Bestiaries claimed that the breath of the panther smelled extremely sweet and pleasant. It would just sit somewhere, open it's mouth and let it's sweet smelling breath drift on the wind. Nearby animals (and people) would be attracted to the smell and gather around the panther. The panther would then abruptly close it's mouth and grab and cunsome the nearest tasty looking animal, with the others fleeing.

It being Medieval times they of course interpreted it as an allegory for Satan deceiving the people of the world with false promises and pleasure only to destroy them. Because back then people thought God had created nature just as a giant live Public Service Anouncement for the benefit of humanity.  

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Matt221

They'd make colourful tattoo's even if they are a bit different I was gonna get a Jay for my next tat but now......

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DebDandelion
6 hours ago, taniwha said:

 

The power of the mind can be hilariously wide of the mark :P

https://io9.gizmodo.com/how-europeans-imagined-exotic-animals-centuries-ago-ba-1545362205?IR=T

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Very interesting! Thanks for sharing

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