I lol'd big time when I saw the results of this. Dragons? Right, okay. I understand the idea of maybe something that metaphorically 'breathes fire' and the whole concept of "Hey, it's almost the same as a dinosaur" but serious, 40% said dragons? Okay, so I voted for unicorns and yes, my vote is biased just like yours! Either way, what animal (whether reptile or mammal or otherwise) has ever actually been proven to breath fire? Is it even remotely related to the family dragons might fall under? RIGHT, there's that one beetle or whatever... case in point. So unicorns were supposed to have healing powers. So is green tea. So is meditation and incense. That's not fire breath... or ice breath or acid breath or whatever other nonsense. Basically, if you use the most common description of a unicorn, they're pretty much like... big deer (note: not like white tail. More like caribou size or something) but with only one "antler". Basically, it's sort of the same idea as SirenGarg has goin on there. Look at me, getting all defensive. The results of this poll are just kinda one-sided if you ask me.
Not all dragons were believed to have breathed fire. Dragons was my second choice- because they're bound to be a wyvern around. (Kinda like Skyrim dragons, except with correct membranes and didn't have magic and etc)
About unicorns, as much as I love and adore unicorns, I don't believe they ever existed. I think it was more mistaken identify and exaggeration. Just look at unicorn myths. We have every description from being a horse, to deer/goat like, to having the feet of an elephant...Frankly I think legends of unicorns were inspired by the rhino. As well as seeing antelope in profile or with a broken horn. I saw video of an antelope in Africa with a broken horn and it looked very unicorn-ish.
Yeah, I'm sure someone has said it, but dragons...if many different cultures have a dragon creature in legend, then there had to be SOMETHING that inspired them!
But I voted for Bigfoot...if humans evolved, then there's bound to be some kind of Sasquatch out there that evolved similar to us, right?
Unicorns I believe in the least...I mean, it's not too out there, a horse creature with a horn (part horse, part goat, lol...or part rhino)...doesn't have to be magical or anything...but I dunno...just doesn't seem practical for a horse to have a horn when they can run like the wind and kill you with a kick (and their biting isn't fun either!). Are their necks strong enough for ramming to be practical for a horn?
Gee, make it HARD why don't ya! LOL! I believe they ALL either STILL exist, a variation of them exists, or were hunted to extinction before we knew how valuable and irreplacable they were. I still believe that Yeti/Bigfoot/Sasquatch and all other variations exist to this day and are either Giganto-pithicus Erectus (sp? Oh well) evolved or another type of primate similar in intelligence to humans who CHOOSE to be elusive.
There is evidence to suggest that 2-3 species of Humanoid primates co-existed in the same time frame and that OUR species quickly became the most dominant and either 1) interbred with eachother to dilute and evolve our genetics--2) wiped them out because of our superior intelligence/weapons/tools etc or 3) those who survived our attempts to be the most superior drove them into hiding and they have been that way since-- OR 4) ALL of the ABOVE to some extent or another on differing continents.
When we go on "hunts" or exploratory expeditions to "discover" them, I think we are STILL trying to treat them like lesser intelligent Primates like Gorillas and Chimpanzees--which don't get me wrong, ARE intelligent too---but I really think we are dealing with a LIKE-minded creature more than some "DUMB animal" and that with "camera traps", research expeditions and "Monster Quests" we are still thinking we are in pursuit of another APE, instead of a semi-other-humanoid-intelligent-primate. We get closer to revealing the truths, but come on, are there really HUNDREDS of hoaxers out there waiting in the MOST remote areas (that may only see people once or twice a year???) to jump out and run through the woods in an elaborate monkey suit to "freak people out" or leave monstrous tracks with actual dermal ridges--I seriously think NOT---sure there ARE hoaxers, but not ALL of these sightings, photos or videos can be a hoax---and when Native cultures WORLD WIDE have ANCIENT stories/pictographs/histories/drawings about these creatures LONG before it was a way for free attention, SHOULDN'T that hold some merit???
Call me crazy, but I even believe that SOME Bigfoot sightings are of Shape-shifters between forms and that the reason you can't track them is that they either finish shifting to their animal (bear, wolf, coyote, cougar etc) form, or that later on you encounter them in their Human form as a hiker or party of hunters or something...hey, in my world ANYTHING is possible!
Unicorns could have been a deformed deer/antelope/goat in some areas and a Rhino or one horned Oryx in another, but it's not fun to imagine that people were seriously that delusional to describe the SAME animal , again, WORLD WIDE! EVEN Native Americans have stories about Unicorns!It's no fun to not believe, and having an imagination about these creatures keeps my artistic mind in motion to keep creating art, so hey, I am ALL for it!
Dragons are another world-wide phenomenon, with MANY cultures describing giant reptilian animals that could fly, spit fire/ice/water, and resembled crocodiles or other reptiles like snakes. So I believe these things have merit too.
I look at the idea of Nessie/Champ/Ogopogo etc. and think, maybe these are our "Dragons"? AND that it is totally possible that if the Crocodiles, Alligators, snakes, monitor lizards, Komodo Dragons etc could survive the MASS extinction that happened to EVERY OTHER animal in their era, and that THEY survived, WHY on EARTH couldn't OTHER reptiles/reptoids (my own word) ???????? I just feel that there are too many modern belief systems and even sciences that discount the existence of world-wide creatures as MASS hysteria, MASS hallucinations or a primal urge to explain things by creating entities of similar make-up to worship/fear...
I can't just throw it out because we can't find bodies or bones (ever heard that even ANCIENT cultures of Cro-Magnon (sp?) had burial rituals?) WHY can't a Sasquatch be congnicent enough to bury or dispose of their dead too--maybe because they have a culture of their own and KNOW how WE are likely to behave if one of them is found/captured/killed etc???? If WE exist, why can't they too?!?!?!
Sorry for the LONG post, but I am an amateur-Cryptozoologist and I believe in possibilities before religion OR science comes into play to explain things away---
You know what, unicorns are very possible if you do a little research. There's a disease/condition/something or other that makes horn-like growths appear on ones body. Humans have had it before, and so have other animals. So if at one time or another that disease effects a horse, then that would count as a unicorn, yes?
Nessie supposidly was a dinosaur, and I don't think they exist since the ice age, but there may have been one in the lake long ago.
Bigfoot may just be an ape that is a bit unique. I watched a documentary on an ape once who stood like a human and was very creepy to me, but real. Only thing is he was normal size, not human size. But if something like that creature was larger he could be mistaken for Bigfoot.
Dragons? Depends what you think a dragon is. I don't believe fire breathing flyers ever existed. But we have large lizards, one of which we call a dragon, so who's to say there isn't an undiscovered species out there that more or less resembles the mythical form?
But, I voted for unicorns since the first thing that came to my mind was that horned disease. I think it's funny most people voted for dragons.