However, the myth of the vegetable lamb only became popular in Europe after Sir John Mandeville, the most famous traveler of the Middle Ages, included it in his account of wandering abroad. Nevertheless, plenty of readers failed to catch the joke and genuinely believed in the existence of the Tasmanian mock walrus. In the Middle Ages, local people were baffled by the strange disappearance of a particular type of goose, Branta leucopsisduring its nesting period. In MarchDaily Buzz Live, a satirical site that poses as a real news outlet, published an article claiming that Brazilian scientists had found the remains of a giant prehistoric owl called Ornimegalonyx in Another inconsistency involves the fact that the ice directly above the water in the lake is actually formed from lake water itself.
The hoop snake is also said to have a venomous stinger in its tail which it uses to finish off its victims.
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