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According to Arabian legend the Anak was a bird of immense proportions, reportedly large enough to carry off an elephant. As the legend goes the Anak was once believed to be a noble creature created by Jehovah himself as the perfect bird, living for over 1700 years only to burst into flame and rise again out of its own ashes upon passing. Over the many years of its existence the Anak’s behavior was said to have taken a more ominous turn as it began to indiscriminately devour all of the animals on earth, eventually focusing its attacks on human children.

The people who the Anak began to pray on eventually prayed to Jehovah for salvation, to which their god responded, according to the legend, by removing the Anak’s ability to reproduce, thus the Anak eventually became extinct. Modern researchers often point out the similarities between the Anak and other mythical birds such as the Phoenix and the Roc, stating that the Anak is nothing more the same mythological creature with a different regional name. However there are those who believe that legend of the Anak, as well as the Phoenix and the Roc, may have had their beginnings in reality, possibly from the chance encounter with a giant bird similar to that of the American Thunderbird.

The Evidence

There is currently no physical evidence to suggest that a creature like the Anak ever soared the skies over Saudi Arabia.

The Sightings

No documented sightings of the Anak could be found at this time.

The Stats– (Where applicable)

• Classification: Avian
• Size: Unknown
• Weight: Unknown
• Diet: Carnivorous
• Location: Saudi Arabia
• Movement: Flight
• Environment: Skies over Saudi Arabia