In the Himalayan foothills, the Kali River runs down from the mountains into the sub-continent of India below. For centuries people have lived along the banks of the river. One of the legends they tell is the story of a mythical river pig that pulls bathing humans and oxen alike under the surface.
Biologist, Jeremy Wade heard this story and came to these rivers to investigate. After interviewing the locals, and learning of their river-related customs, he cracked the case. One of the practices of these people is to create funeral pyres on the shores of the river, where they partially burn the deceased before the pyre buckles under the weight of the body, and sends a half-cooked human into the water.
This is where things get interesting. It seems after centuries flushing their bodies down the river, some of its inhabitants developed a taste for human flesh, specifically giant catfish, known as Goonch. These catfish were essentially trained to steak out a position near the burning pyre, attracted by the flashing light in the night time, and wait until dinner was served. The problems arose when the fish got hungry and nobody had died, so they took matters into their own hands, and would head to the shore for Human or Beef Sashimi.
The stories that resulted were terrifying to the locals, some of whom were eyewitnesses to these “river pigs” and their exploits, including one tale of a full grown ox being dragged from the shore, into the water.
Here’s what a little one looks like –