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El Comelenguas is an urban legend of the folklore of Honduras. It is a winged creature that attacks animals and removes their tongues.
El Comelenguas it is described by peasants whose testimonies say they have seen it devouring cattle, as a giant bird with large wings and a long, powerful tail. Although at first it seems that it was talking about a pterodactyl, this is discarded in variations of the legend of the Tongue Eater, in which it is said that its tail is shaped like a snake.
It is believed that it could be a relative of the Lion-Bird, a flying being that terrorized the inhabitants of Sabanagrande by killing their cattle.
The story of the mysterious entity that killed animals and devoured their language begins to be woven around 1950, in the beautiful community of Nacaome, southern Honduras. With citizens finding a immense bird flying over the estates of the sector, witnesses assure that the day after the sighting of the mysterious flying creature, many cattle were found dead in a strange way.
Other peasants claimed to have seen the gigantic monster attacking a monster with its huge snake-like tail, and the monster, no matter how hard he fought for his life, could not escape. The creature held him tight with his tail until he choked him and later he ripped out his tongue, hence the popular name of the tongue-eater.
Although these types of accounts of the tongue-eater were very common, sometimes they did not agree with what happened in other regions of the country, where people claimed that the dead animals did not show signs of violence as happened in Nacamome.
For a long time, the events of animals that appeared dead with their tongues torn out were repeated in the area, causing uncertainty and fear among the inhabitants, especially among the ranchers who saw every day how their cattle were killed by an animal that no one could say exactly. what it was. The animals were inexplicably found dead with their tongues "nipped in the bud" and sometimes with dislocated jaws.
This type of narration is heard in many towns in Honduras, but it is said that in the 1940s, something similar happened in an area of Brazil called Goias. The dead animals in that sector showed signs similar to those shown by the dead animals in Nacaome, Honduras.
It is not known with certainty what type of animal or monster caused the death of hundreds of cattle in the southern part of Honduras, but the fact was related to UFOs, extraterrestrial beings and even the famous Chupacabra. But that is only speculation, because still no one can explain what happened.
It is presumed that the tongue-eater is a close relative of the feared lion-bird, another strange being that frightened the inhabitants of Sabanagrande, Francisco Morazán. Southern oral tradition assures that the lion-bird is a very large bird species with a huge beak that devoured and maddened every being that unfortunately crossed with it.