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The mapinguari or mapinguary is a cryptid reported from the Brazilian Amazon and possibly Paraguay, described variably as a red-haired, slope-backed man-like creature, or a long-clawed, bear-like animal similar to a ground sloth; both versions are said to be bulletproof and extremely foul-smelling.

It was initially described as a primate, dark and thickset and bipedal, but still very agile. The traditional, folkloric depiction of the mapinguari is that of an ape- or man-like creature. It was described to investigator Paulo Aníbal G. Mesquita as a flat-snouted quadrupedal animal (which could nonetheless assume a bipedal gait) with caiman-like skin, long brown fur, a flattened snout, and robust claws. When startled it was said to rear up on its hind legs and show its claws, and some informants told Mesquita that it emitted an "extremely foul odour from its belly".

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