This bizarre, armor plated, club tailed creature is said to dwell deep within the impenetrable jungles of West Africa… and there are some who have speculated that it is a 21st century example of a living dinosaur!

Although there is not much in the way of photographic or biological evidence regarding this unusual animal’s existence, the general consensus among cryptozoological researchers is that the Muhuru is yet another Jurassic relic — much like its famous Congolese cousin, the MOKELE-MBEMBE — which allegedly makes its home in the dense, all too forbidding jungles of West Africa.

Unlike the Mokele-M’Bembe, which is legendary for is viciously territorial disposition, the Muhuru — which has been seen primarily in Kenya — is not known to be terribly aggressive.

Described by eyewitnesses as a heavily armored reptilian beast with large, bony plates jutting out of its spine, there is little wonder that more than a few investigators have speculated that this creature may well be a surviving species of the plant-eating dinosaur called the Stegosaurus.

Thought to have become extinct about 150 million years ago, the bus-sized Stegosaurus was a large, herbivorous quadruped from the Late Jurassic period. Due in no small part to its huge, triangular spinal ridges and distinctive mace-like tail, this beast has become one of the most popular dinosaurs ever to have existed.

That having been noted, the eyewitness descriptions of this Muhuru’s unique armor plating and intimidating club-like tail would seem to indicate that — unlike the spike tailed and triangle scaled stegosaurus — this beast may more akin to the squat, armadillo like dinosaur known as the Ankylosaur.

Ankylosaur were bulky, armor plated, quadrupeds with short, powerful limbs and — very often — clubbed tales which it used to fend off predators. First known to have appeared in China during the early Jurassic Period, these unique dinosĀ  managed to survive at least until the end of the Cretaceous Period, which is when they developed their distinctive armaments.