Drums Along the Congo: On the Trail of Mokele-Mbembe, the Last Living Dinosaur
In the heart of the Congo, in the deep waters of Lake Tele, is rumored to live a dinosaur-like creature called Mokele-Mbembe, the god-beast. The rumors are convincing enough to have inspired a handful of scientific expeditions over the years, including a recent solo effort by American explorer and cryptozoologist Rory Nugent. After a ritual exorcism in Brazzaville, Nugent made his way by plane, boat, and foot to the lake's muddy shores, an environment little changed since the age of the dinosaurs. Paddling and trekking for weeks, living on snakes and snails, he finally spotted a brontosaurus-like shape far across the water. But when he tried to get closer, his guides ordered him back at gunpoint, explaining that "the god can approach man, but man never approaches the god".
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