Legends of this colossal bird – which was said to be large enough to carry an elephant – have come to us from ancient Arabian texts. According to these antiquated sources, the Anka was once believed to be a noble creature that was created by Jehovah himself.
Eventually, though, this beast took an ominous turn and began to indiscriminately devour all of the animals on the Earth, focusing its predatory urges on human children in particular – a trait which it has in common with the North American THUNDERBIRD. Those upon whom the Anka preyed reportedly appealed to Jehovah for salvation. Their God apparently responded by removing the Anka’s ability to procreate. This, according to Arab legend, is why the Anka eventually became extinct.
Beyond its humble connection with the Thunderbird, this creature also shares numerous traits in common with the legendary airborne conflagration known as the PHOENIX. These connections included an extraordinary lifespan, which, in the case of the Anka, was reputed to be 1,700 years, as well as an eventual rebirth via flame.
Modern historians have also noted the many similarities between the Anka and what is considered to be the most notorious avian ever to rule the Arabian sky, the gigantic feathered beasts known as the ROC.