Stories of animals both real and fictional have been passed down to us for generations. Some of these stories seem too imaginative, and are obviously fictional, but some seem to bare some truth, and actually, may be based on true accounts.
While some mythical creatures still have a place in modern day fiction, others still provoke intrigue among researchers.
One interesting story of folklore is from the Inuit people of the arctic regions, who claim to have had encounters with a so-called demon wolf.
The demon wolf is known as Amarok, or, the great wolf. According the Inuit culture, Amarok was the first wolf on Earth.
The demon wolf would appear as either completely white, or pitch black, and would appear as more muscular, and larger in stature than any other wolf.
Amarok is said to traverse the wilderness of the north lands, hunting down much weaker prey, be it animals or lonesome travelers out late at night.
Though various stories of its victims and methods are told throughout Inuit culture, the demon wolf would always hunt alone, unlike other wolves which hunt in packs.
Various sightings of the Amarok have been reported throughout the years. One of these reports supposedly came from a small band of hunters in 2011.
As three hunters sat around a fire one night having fun, one of them got up to go urinate in the trees. After a short while, the other two hunters claimed to have heard the sounds of screams, gunfire, and a howling wolf.
The hunters claimed there was no sign of their friend, who had failed to return. They set about trying to find him, but to no avail. The hunters did however claim that they thought they had seen a large wolf in the area.
No remains have ever been found, and any truth to the story is yet to be proven.
Another report was made on the The Paranormal Effect website. A user claimed that he and his friend Eric may have had an encounter with Amarok the demon wolf.
“As we packed all of our stuff, both Eric and I noticed something slowly coming out of a bush about 150 yards north of us. Acting quickly, we dove silently into the fort. We sat there for at least five minutes. It was the size of a large wolf, but dark black with long, large, white claws. It did not look like anything Eric or I had ever seen before – nothing we could compare it to. As it vanished from our sites, we cautiously started back. We made it out of the forest where we came to an abandoned house. We did not plan on stopping, but noticed that about 100 yards on the path the creature was standing on all fours looking at us. We stood paralyzed as it slowly walked toward us. All of a sudden it stopped. We got a good look at it. It had dark yellow eyes and not one look of mercy on its face and a row of bright white teeth showed. All of a sudden, we heard a noise behind us. We quickly turned around to see a doe and a fawn running out of a thorn bush. We turned around and the creature was gone. Seeing the chance, we ran home. We made it home, but not one memory of that animal will ever leave my mind. We have not seen it since then.”
Tale From the Inuit People
According to Inuit tradition, a man was sailing down a river in his Kayak, when he came across a pack of wolf pups. In a drunken act of madness, he slayed them all.
Amarok then jumped out from behind some bushes, and bit the man in his stomach, ripping his soul from his body. The man was able to return to his village, but was shunned due to having no soul.
Some people claim the demon wolf could be real, while many others, claim the creature is nothing more than Inuit folklore. Stories of other abnormally large wolves are also told in other cultures around the world.
What are your thoughts on Amarok the demon wolf?