- Country reported: Peru
The milne was described by Clark as resembling a very large black bear. From his account, it was insectivorous and semiaquatic.
The only sighting of the milne was made by the explorer Leonard Clark in 1946, while floating down the Ucayali River in eastern Peru. He first came across the animal's footprints in the riverbank, measuring 14 inches long and resembling those of a giant man.
The second day he found the source of the strange tracks – as they floated down the river, they passed a huge black bear, clawing apart a rotted tree infested with ants in order to get at the larva. As they passed, one on the crew members sharply slapped his paddle in the water, startling the bear so that leapt into the river and began to swim across.
As the rafts neared the bear, it turned and swam towards them, either because it was curious, angry, or wanted to crawl out of the river. When the bear was within 3 feet of the raft, the crew leapt overboard, and knowing the animal would upset the craft, Leonard shot it with his pistol. Without his crew, unfortunately, Leonard could not drag the bear's carcass aboard before the piranhas started feeding on it, and was forced to abandon his specimen.
Karl Shuker noted the lack of any other records of the milne, and pointed out the fact that it shared its allegedly Arawaka name with the creator of the most famous bear of the 20th Century: A. A. Milne.
Further cryptozoological readingEdit
- Clark, Leonard (1953) The Rivers Ran East
- Shuker, Karl (1997) From Flying Toads to Snakes with Wings.