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Ahuitzotl
Ahuizotl
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Background
Type Canid or otter
First Sighting Middle Ages
Last Sighting 1500s
Country Mexico
Habitat Remote Wetlands and Swamps or Rivers in Southwestern Mexico
Possible Population Unknown

The Ahuitzotl is from Aztec and Mayan Mythology. Said to look like a small dog, the Ahuitzotl had streaks on its head, small ears, and a hand at the tip of its tail, with waterproof fur that often clumped up into what resembled spikes. Scientists believe that the Ahuitzotl may have actually existed and was a type of otter or ferret, which is also a relative of the otter. The Ahuizotl appeared in The Ocean Hunter as a surviving elasmosaurus that lives in Texocco Great Lake.

Lore

According to legend it would submerge itself in a lake or stream and begin to wail like a small child or a frightened woman. A passerby would hear the sound and would rush to the rescue of the "helpless victim".

Upon approaching the water the victim would be strangled by the creature's infamous tail-hand and then the creature would tear out the victim's eyes, nails and teeth and eat them. It would then toss the lifeless body onto the riverbank and restart its wailing.

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