I have no idea what this is other than a monster I have not heard of before. So, COOL!
The Acam (Association of Hunters Haunt Mariana) is offering £ 1,000 for any who are willing to serve as bait in a cage in an attempt to capture the creature called “Caboclo D’Água. The monster, which, according to the association, has been conducting attacks in the region for years, is described as a mix of chicken, lizard and monkey. At least four deaths are attributed to the creature as well as several attacks on farm animals and sites.
The most recent death, most horribly, is reported as “a boy whose testicles were pulled by a toothed beast while the victim was swimming in a river in the region”.
In their attempt to capture the creature, the human bait (three people have said to have volunteered for the job) will be near the edge of the river with only the lower part submerged . The man will have a goat in the cage as well since it appears the Caboclo likes goats.
The Acam is a paranormal group who establish guidelines for hunting supernatural beings.
Hmm, never heard of this critter but it sounds familiar – a goat sucker. The Chupacabra, a vampire-like monster.
From the Portuguese wikipedia, I find that the monster is described as stocky and muscular with tan skin and one big eye. It’s fast in the water but can move about on land, but not far from the São Francisco River. If the fishermen give the monster a treat, he helps with better fishing results. It’s not clear how.
Here is a depiction.
Caboclo is a word meaning of mixed decent or “derived of the white”.
Any additional info on this creature is welcome.
UPDATE (8-May-2013): Some locals think that damming of the Ribeirao do Carmo is the cause of the attacks but the stories of encounters with the Water Caboclo have been around for 60 years. That’s not really that old. But it seems well known and getting MORE well know as this creates interest around the internet.
The creature is already known by everyone in the region due to ferocity. The teeth and nails can cause major damage, explains Mucci Kfouri butcher who claims to have seen the Indian more than once. “The animal is brutal, it is very sinister. It pierces the animal’s belly and eats the guts inside the head too. And suck the blood, but leaves the meat, “he said. Two years ago he saw an ox doing banquet. “There is always that it attacks, but every two months or once a month is something strange going on,” he said.
There is still dispute over whether the creature is supernatural or flesh and blood.