The Hellhounds of Dartmoor have been in Cornish myth for hundreds of years. These spectral Dogs are said to roam the moor with thick black fur and blood red eyes. Recently in 2007 a video was captured ( Below ) as well as a few photos ( Further Down ) in which you can see what they claim to be the beast of Dartmoor, but to be honest it looks more like a rather large rabbit…
During July 2007 there was a group of school children out for a trip in the Moore. Seen only yards away from the group in Hound Tor on Dartmoor, but most intriguingly they actually captured an image ! They described the beast as larger than life with a thick, shaggy coat, rounded ears and huge front limbs, powerful enough to tear a human to shreds.
Falconer Martin Whitley, who photographed the creature, said: “It was walking along a path about 200 yards away from me.
“It was black and grey and comparable in size to a miniature pony. It had very thick shoulders, a long, thick tail with a blunt end and small round ears.
“Its movements appeared feline, then bear-like sprang to mind. There was a party climbing on the tor opposite making a racket but it ignored them completely.”
Some experts have said it is just a wild dog or cat, some of the crazier ones did say it could be a bear or a wolverine. If anyone has read anything up on the Beast of Bodmin Moore recently you will find that there where wild Jaguars filmed by a sports centre down there !!! These jaguars were supposed to be escaped exotic pets. Take a look at another shot of a beast caught on the Moore.
This animal is completely different, it almost looks like a bison but there again its legs are more like that of a hare… Whatever it is, it’s creating a story, creating something that the world is forced to take a second look at.
The Hellhounds of Dartmoor
During the 1800’s spiritualism and ghosts on a whole were crazy popular. They loved anything to do with ghost hunting or mediumship. So when rumour hit of a pack of spectral dogs, known locally as the Whist Hounds or Hound’s of Hell, were roaming the moor they went nuts. It inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to write Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of Baskervilles. He was Inspired by a local enthusiast called Richard Cabell from Brook Manor.
Richard was rumoured to have sold his soul to the Devil and after he died a phantom pack of spectral hunting dogs with glowing red eyes were said to have been released on the Moor at night. They have been witnessed howling at his tomb. Legend has it that as part of his contract the dogs were allowed to roam the Moor and in return he was gifted with wealth, hence the manor house. Funny how the the link of English lords and deals with demonic forces seem to keep cropping up in history…
The founder of the national research network Big Cats in Britain, Mark Fraser, said: “It looks like a wolverine or a bear in some shots and a big wild dog in others. It is a very strange animal.”
Mr Whitley is adamant that the creature is not a wild dog.
He added: “I have worked with dogs all my life and it was definitely not that.
“I have seen a collie-sized black cat in the area about ten years ago and it was not that – this was a lot bigger.
“You would be surprised at the number of people who have seen black big cats and something resembling a small bear in the area over the course of the years.”
Disappointingly for those who possess a vivid imagination, the most likely explanation yesterday was that the Beast is nothing more supernatural than a large and hairy wild boar.
North Devon farmer Al Dedames lost more than 100 of his stock of boar in December 2005 when animal rights activists raided his farm and destroyed fencing.
Since then, more than half are thought to have died in road traffic accidents or been shot by farmers or hunters.
But those which survived have bred and up to 175 are said to be roaming the wilds of Devon and Somerset.
Is this more than just some escaped dogs ? Is this really a follow up from the Devil’s promise ? That’s for you, our most awesome readers to decide.