If you were with me last week, you know that the Dwayyo is the only natural enemy of the Snallygaster. The Dwayyo is a hairy mammal with a bushy tail that walks on two legs and looks like a human with a wolfy head.
To refresh, the Snallygaster is an enormous bird creature with a sharp beak, long talons and a single eye in the middle of its forehead.
ALTHOUGH IT LOOKS LIKE HE’S WEARING A BODY SUIT,
THIS IS WHAT THE SNALLYGASTER LOOKS LIKE
The Dwayyo and the Snallygaster have reportedly had brutal battles dating back to the 18th century settlement of the Middletown valley.
DWAYYO DUKES IT OUT WITH A SNALLYGASTER
Some claim the Dwayyo is invisible until it wants to be seen, while others are positive that they are more like a chameleon, able to blend in to the background. Seems like the same thing to me, but what do I know?
SOMETIMES, I JUST CAN’T HELP MYSELF…
They are nocturnal, which is likely why almost all sightings are at night. Many believe these creatures can exert a mysterious dark force that will plague you with bad luck. Some are sure that the Dwayyo can project its thoughts into the minds of anyone whose gaze they can catch, stopping their prey in its tracks.
MIND CONTROL. “NOW, WALK LIKE A CHICKEN…”
The Dwayyo, commonly referred to as the Maryland Dogman, lives mostly in West Middletown, Maryland, but has been seen in—where else?—the Wolfsville, Maryland region.
In the late 18th century, the Pennsylvania Dutch settled in the area, and fairly quickly, tales of the Dwayyo, called Hexenbiest back then, began to circulate.
The Hexenbiest would attack livestock and chickens, which farmers raised not only for food but also as a source of income, so once the attacks started, it was important that they protect their animals. So, similar to the seven-pointed stars farmers used against the Snallygaster, the Amish farmers painted five-pointed stars on their barns as a sort of talisman to ward off the darkness of the monster.
STILL NOT SURE ABOUT A PAINTED STAR AS TALISMAN
HEXENBIEST BECOMES DWAYYO
The first recorded mention of the name Dwayyo comes from a 1944 sighting in West Middleton, Maryland, although I couldn’t find any more information on that sighting other than that the monster screamed at the witnesses, who purportedly found footprints left by the creature.
The Dwayyo came into prominence when the Frederick News Post published an account on November 27, 1965. Near dusk, John Becker heard a strange noise coming from his yard and went to investigate.
MR. AND MRS. JOHN BECKER IN QUIETER TIMES.
A creature as big as a bear with long black hair and a bushy tail moved toward him, growling as it stood up on its hind legs and attacked him.
DWAYYO WALKING LIKE A MAN
Eventually, the creature ran into nearby Gambrill State Park.
When Becker reported the creature to the police, he called it a Dwayyo.
The next summer, a man encountered a dark brown, shaggy, two-legged creature as he headed towards his campsite near the same state park. It was the size of a deer and had a triangular head. As the man approached the beast, it screamed and back away from him with an odd, spider-like gait.
To me, this sounds like some other sort of beast, not the Dwayyo, but the story appears in the Dwayyo annals, so what’re ya gonna do?
Other sightings were reported. One woman called the paper and insisted they stop reporting on the Dwayyo because it freaked her daughter so badly she required medical care. Another claimed the people of Ellerton, Maryland had been hearing something cry like a baby and scream like a woman for several months. Another claimed to have seen a dog-shaped animal the size of a calf chasing cattle.
Local and state police investigations never found anything substantial.
It wasn’t until the fall of 1976 that the Dwayyo was spotted again. Two hunters were driving down a private road, looking for deer. They intended to spot them with their headlights, with the goal of seeing how thick the population had become as the beginning of deer season drew near.
DWAYYO IN THE HEADLIGHTS?
But instead of deer, they caught sight of a large animal as it ran across the road in front of their car. It was at least six feet tall and looked like a wolf. Its body was covered in thick brown fur with the lower half banded in lighter and darker stripes. The hind legs were thick like a kangaroo and as it ran, it was upright and leaning forward, much like how a human being runs.
A similar creature was spotted in the same area by two park rangers in 1978.
BUT WHERE DID IT COME FROM?
The scientific name (can you believe there even IS a scientific name for it?) for the Dwayyo is Dwayosapientherapsida Australopithecus Rexus. Try saying that fast three times.
I CAN’T EVEN SAY IT ONCE!
Apparently, a group of students at the University of Maryland investigated the Dwayyo’s origin and traced it back to an animal that lived on the left bank of the upper Amazon River. Why it preferred the left bank to the right is anybody’s guess.
According to the study, this animal, called a Dway, apparently migrated from the Yangtze River plateau by way of a glacier bridge that once connected Alaska and China. This seems unlikely to me. I think it more reasonable that they would have gone from China to Russia and then over to Alaska, which at their closest point is only fifty-five miles.
WHERE I THINK THE DWAY MIGRATED
However, the whole thing is suspect as I could find no mention of an Amazonian animal called a Dway, either in history or modern day.
WHAT IS IT?
No one knows for sure. Is it a werewolf? A man-wolf hybrid? An unknown cryptid? Or simply a hoax.
While some photographs appear genuine, others are clearly fake.
A REAL DWAYYO? ARTIST’S RENDERING. OBVIOUSLY.
DEFINITELY REAL, WOULDN’T YOU SAY? YOU SEE ANYTHING? I DON’T
Until a Dwayyo is actually captured, we may never know for sure.
What do you think? Does the Dogman of Maryland exist? Did the Dwayyo originate in the Amazonian rainforest? Or is it simply the result of people wanting their ten minutes of fame? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think, or if you’ve ever had an encounter with this creature. I’d love to hear from you!
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