Mythical animal or the legendary animal was used to be exist on fairy tales but do you know if there's some rare animal that has a big similarity with those mythical animal? Previously we have been listed some of the beautiful but deadly mythical creatures, and now how about some of the rare animal from Indonesia that really resemble the world famous mythical animal.
1. Paradise Bird and Phoenix
Phoenix was known as the famous mythical birds in the world. the Egypt mythology called phoenix as the sacred fire birds that burned himself by fire and reborn from the flames. Usually depicted has gold and red feathers. some people believe that phoenix is an Immortal mythical birds. The paradise birds which is found on Papua Indonesia has a similar shape and color with phoenix, Paradise bird is known for their beautiful elongated feathers with red or yellow color.
2. Komodo and Dragon
I'm sure that Komodo was famous today since it's one of the new 7 world wonder, Komodo are similar to dragons in medieval paintings but komodo didn't spitting flames. Dragon is the famous mythical beast with a large size. They shaped like a reptile and it can spitt flames through their breath.
3. Tarsier Pygmy and Gremlin
On the island of Sulawesi, there's a living pygmy tarsier, one of the most endangered primates and the smallest primates in the world. This animal has large eyes and ears similar to Gremlin. Pygmy tarsiers are small and weighs only 50 grams. These animals live in trees and many of their activities at night. Gremlin is a small green monster figures. Gremlin is very annoying and consumes electrical energy. According to the English fairy tale.
4. Dugong and Mermaid
Mermaid was also known as the famous mythical creatures they has a human head and body but has a fish tail. meanwhile dugong is a Mammals that can be found in shallow waters of Indonesia, especially the eastern region. This dugong does not have a human body like mermaid. Dugong is a marine mammal-eating plants.
5. One Horned Rhino and Unicorn
The biggest resemblance of this two creatures was their single horn. both of them only has a single horn. in the 13th century Marcopolo said in his writings that he seen a black unicorn in the Indonesian archipelago. It turns out that Marco Polo discovered that instead of a unicorn, but the rhino. In Ujung Kulon there is one-horned rhino as well as the Unicorn has one horn on his head. Javan rhino is the largest animal in Java. Can weigh up to 1.5 tons.
6. Proboscis Monkey and Tengu
Japan people who have seen this proboscis monkey (long nosed monkey) said that this animal has a big resemblance to tengu a famous japanese mythical creatures. Proboscis monkeys are apes who have a long nose that is different from apes in general. Because of this long nose, the Japanese call it as a Tengu Monkeys. The difference is the proboscis monkey didn't has a wing like tengu. tengu itself has a red face and an unusually long nose. Tengu also have a pair of wings, legs and hands and nails are very long.
Each of those animal really exist in Indonesia but now they threatened with extinction. If they are extinct, they would really be a mythological animal that will only be a story in the next generation.