Jump-at-a-Body or Come-at-a-Body is a small mammalian creature from the stories of the North American lumberjacks of the late 19th century and early 20th century.


This beast looks like a small cub or lion. It hides in the undergrowth and when one least expects it, the beast will run out and charge towards its victim. However, the animal stops a few yards in front of its victim. It gives a roar and then runs back to where it came from, and as such, has never been reported to hurt anyone.

In popular culture

The Jump-at-a-Body is mentioned in the Disney children's show called Gravity Falls.

Further reading

"The Come-At-a-Body" from Fearsome Critters (1939) by Henry H. Tryon

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