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The Adjule or Bush Dog (also known as the Kelb-el-khela for males and tarhsît for female), is a canine-like animal cryptid, claimed to live in the North African region, close to the Sahara Desert.
First reported by Théodore Monod in 1928, and today is described as an undiscovered variety of the African Wild dog. The most recent sighting was in 1992 from the resident hunters of the village in Western Mauritania. and has not been seen since.
There are no known photos of the Adjule, its sightings have been considered by most of the scientific world as just sightings of African Wild Dogs living close to the Sahara, which today they do not, or other known species which has mange, or a creature that has been misidentified by the local population of humans.
Described as being approximately two and a half feet tall, with feet that are webbed, and having rough thick crimson colored skin which has a bluish tint. Descriptions have the wolf-like creature weighing in at about thirty to forty-five pounds. The Adjule are not lone creatures. The hunting packs number from three to thirteen.
Also reported to have some supernatural powers. The local tribesmen of the Sahara say it uses pheromones to cause great contention or discord among the area's residents allowing them to hunt their prey. There are no records or mention of the Adjule attacking humans.
In Popular Culture
Adjules appear as enemies described as being parasite-infected dog in the video game Resident Evil 5. The dark type Pokémon Umbreon might have been inspired by the Adjule.
- Eberhart, George (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology
- Monod, Theodore "Sur la presence du Sahara du Lycaon pictus (Temm.) (Resultats scientifiques de la Mission Saharienne Augieras-Draper)", Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France 53 (1928)