Kentucky is full of folklore and mythology, and I’m here for it all. I took a few folklore classes in college as an elective – Introduction to Folklore and, my personal favorite, Supernatural Folklore.
But some of the myths or legends that I have become familiar with over the past decade were unknown at the time. Of course, back then, there was no internet. (It became the equivalent of saying, “Sure, BACK THEN, there was no television,” in the 1970s.)
MEET THE WAMPUS CAT…IF YOU DARE
I’ve met a new one, and this time I’m not sure if we’re dealing with a real creature, another rich piece of Bluegrass mythology, or a bit of both.
It doesn’t carry the weight of Bigfoot, the Yeti, or the Loch Ness Monster, but we’ll take it, I guess. Here is a guy who believes THIS was a wampus cat.
I don’t know exactly where this video was shot, but the photographer says it’s a wampus cat, and if you can look closely enough, you’ll notice that it IS an unusual cat. It closely resembles a bobcat, but still looks just different enough to be its own species. On the other hand, it is NOTHING like what THESE people think they saw.
WHAT DOES A WAMPUS CAT DO? REALLY LOOK LIKE?
But is it a species?
The wampus cat stories point to something much more fantastic than what we see in this video. And if it’s a cryptid, that means there’s no proof that it exists.
AppalachianHistory.net says a wampus cat is half dog and half cat. In my opinion, this would eliminate the creature captured on video that you saw earlier, although it is admittedly unusual.
If this cryptid IS real, it would appear to be roaming Appalachia in MULTIPLE states.
COULD A WAMPUS CAT BE A MOUNTAIN LION OR A PANTHER? MMM, NOT LIKELY
So what is the wampus cat, if it’s real? Some think it could be a panther, although the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources could knock this down. According to the agency:
Currently, the closest wild population of cougars resides in Nebraska, more than 900 miles from Kentucky. A small panther population — less than 200 animals — also lives in southwest Florida.
I guess someone bringing a big cat to Kentucky and letting it go wouldn’t be impossible, but why would anyone do that?
I plan to hold off on judging until I get a better photo or video…and I’ve “held back” a lot of cryptids over the years. It shouldn’t be too difficult.
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