1) Indonesia : KILLER CROCS (DUR: 7’19)
For decades, Indonesia has been home to giant prehistoric beasts that lurk beneath the water. Animal X travelled to southern Irian Jaya to investigate the incredible reports of killer crocodiles, some over nine metres long, that have been blamed for the deaths of more than fifty men, women and children. Our expedition took us deep into the Asmat jungle where we discovered a rich and superstitious culture revolving around spirits, myths and legends. Animal X also looked at one of the most famous disappearances from the region in the 1960s – that of Michael Rockefeller, son of famous New York Governor, Nelson Rockerfeller. Theories vary from head-hunters to the notorious killer croc.
2) Australia : FIZO The Hero Dog (DUR: 6’34)
Eight year old Sydney terrier, Fizo, became the first animal in Australia to win the RSPCA’s Purple Cross award for bravery, after saving three children from a brown snake. Fizo was struck several times by the poisonous snake before biting the snake in half. Fizo spent the rest of the day on a respirator and it took another six months for his full recovery.
26) South Africa : HOWICK FALLS MONSTER (DUR: 9’47)
For thousands of years Howick Falls, in the South African province of Kwa-Zulu Natal has been the source of legends. The Zulu’s believe a giant snake, known as Inkanyamba inhabits the pool at the bottom of the falls. Rock paintings from the region show that the Bushmen who lived here before the Zulus also believed in the giant snake. Inkanyamba is feared and respected by the local community. It is believed to carry the spirits of the ancestors and bring death to anyone who sees it. Only witchdoctors or Sangomas are permitted to visit the pool where it is believed to live. Several Europeans are also convinced that a strange monster lurks in the depths. Bob Teeney took a photograph of a plesiosaur-type animal that he claims surfaced when he visited the pool with a friend. He also claims to have found eggs belonging to a dinosaur. Experts think the eggs are more likely those of a crocodile. There is no doubt however that Howick Falls possess a mysterious allure. This could explain the large number of people who are attracted to the falls to end their own lives.