Daily Monster 181: Tailypo

Region of origin: Appalachia, United States

A large cat-like creature with a markedly long tail that was, according to oral traditions and campfire stories, capable of human speech. The most common elements of the stories involve a hunter capturing one and cutting off its tail and, in the night following his return to his cabin, he could hear the creature calling out to him to “return my taily-po,” from the darkness. Over the course of the night, the creature would return several times, calling out and picking off the hunter’s three dogs before finally attacking the man himself, often killing him and in some tellings doing so with enough ferocity to destroy the cabin itself.