The Piasa Bird



The Piasa Bird was documented by explorer Pere Marquette while traveling the Mississippi River. Native Americans of the Illini tribe shot arrows at a painting high on the bluffs of a monstrous winged creature with the face of a man, body of a lion and an enormous tail that wrapped around its body three times. Father Marquette was told that the monster would rise out of the river to capture any unfortunate soul it could grab in its talons and devour him. Chief Quatoga, advised by the Great Spirit in a dream, successfully set a trap for the creature and killed it. The tale is celebrated on the Illinois side of the Mississippi.


Sounds interesting. I found some pictures of it at this site: