This story is from South Africa where villagers killed a bushbaby thinking it was a tokoloshe, a mischievous spirit that causes trouble.
A strange animal with fingers like a human being has put a Tshauli-Tshamahala family in a spin. After its discovery on the roof of the family’s house on Monday, everyone is a bit restless and no one is able to explain the identity of this queer animal.
“It is a tokoloshe,” said one resident and other villagers harped on the same string. The fact that it was found on the roof in the wee hours of the morning strengthened the belief that it was a tokoloshe, sent by enemies of the family to cast a spell on them.
Takalani Ramadzhiela, a family member, said he was called by his brother at around 01:00 and told that there was some strange movement on the roof of the house. “I did not waste time and rushed to the house, which is not very far from my home. I thought it was perhaps one of the cats or animals that we are used to, but what awaited me was frightening. [We found] an animal that has features like a human being. I have never seen such an animal,” he said.
“We struggled to get it off the roof, but it resisted and I was left with no choice but to hit it with a stone on the head and it died,” he said.
Meanwhile, it is not known where the creature ended up as the family could not shed any light on its whereabouts. Rumour has it that women are celebrating in the village, saying that now that the creature is dead, perhaps their husbands will start giving them the attention they deserve.
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The editor of that site writes:
The photos where shown to some animal experts and the most plausible explanation is that the animal is a thick-tailed bushbaby. These are fairly endangered.
How sad that people would fear and kill such a small harmless creature in the name of baseless superstition. These small primates are nocturnal animals that live in the trees across South Africa.
In Zulu culture, however, they are associated with a gremlin-like creatures that only cursed people can see, known for raping women (and by sucking out the energy) and biting off people’s toes.