Daily Cryptid #24: Buru
Hailing from the Ziro Valley of India, the Buru was first reported by westerners in 1947, by which point they were already supposedly extinct. According to the Apatani people who live in the area, the valley was a marshland when it was discovered by their ancestors. In this marsh lived the Burus, large creatures with armor-plated heads, fanged teeth in the front of their mouths with flattened teeth in the rear, three ridges going down their backs, and large rounded tails that they used for swimming. Some said they had fins, others webbed feet. In times of drought they would bury into the mud and hibernate until the waters returned. They curiously didn’t harm fish, but were dangerous to people, so the Apatani decided to drain the marsh to get rid of them. Most died as a result, though a few escaped by burrowing underground into nearby springs. The last one was supposedly killed after the spring in which it was seen was filled with clay and stones.
So just what were the Burus? Skeptics traditionally say they were crocodiles, based on their ridges and supposed danger to people. Apparently the Apatani use the term “Buru” for crocodiles as well. Cryptozoologists have suggested that they may have been a species of aquatic monitor lizard, which does fit the general description, but not all of the behavior. Based on the burrowing and hibernation during droughts, Karl Shuker has proposed that they may have been a new species of lungfish. Most likely, the Buru is a composite creature built from encounters with known crocodiles, lizards, and fish, all of which disappeared when the marsh was drained. #cryptid #buru #extinct #myth #monitorlizard #lungfish #digitalart #ipadart #procreate