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Fictional Character
    Mythical creature native to Australia as described in Aboriginal folklore
    First sighting by a non-native Australian settler was in 1821
    Most consistent descriptions are of a creature with a dog-like face, dark fur, a horse-like tail, flippers, and walrus-like tusks or horns
    Said to dwell in swamps, creeks, riverbeds, lakes, waterholes and billabongs
    It most likely doesn't exist.
    Physical details and eyewitness descriptions are widely varied.
    Two types of the creature are said to exist - the 'more common' dog-faced Bunyip and the 'rarer' long-necked Bunyip.
    While the long-necked variety is a grazer, the dog-faced one devours people and animals.
    The maneater prefers women and children to munch on because they put up less resistance.
    Some theorists conclude that rather than creatures, Bunyips are merely vagrants living on the water's edge who try to scare away snoopers.
    Sightings were common during the latter half of the 1800's and then again during the depression of the 1930's, but then tapered off to the point that it may have become extinct.
    Since it would only come out at night to feed, many feel the creature was nothing more than a salt water crocodile or a large seal, misidentified in the darkness.
    The diprotodon, an extinct marsupial, has many similarities to common Bunyip descriptions, and may have been a separately evolved offshoot of the creature.
    Nobody ever claimed a Bunyip had taken and devoured their loved one, so Aussies should fear crocodiles a lot more than Bunyips.
    Australian Lee Dexter hosted a kid's TV show called 'Bertie the Bunyip' in the Philadelphia area between 1956-66.
    The creature has been depicted on Australian stamps and has an interactive website for kids created by the National Library of Australia.

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