Disclaimer: The source for the Kasai Rex incident is unverifiable, and therefore is considered questionable by TrueAuthority.com.
The great Tyrannosaurus, the most feared member of the dinosaur kingdom . . . to think that this creature of such renown, such awe, and such sheer terror could possibly be still alive today simply baffles the human mind. Though seemingly ludicrous, could a living Tyrannosaurus, or quite possibly, a close relative of the Tyrannosaur, really be alive today? Is it scientifically possible?
In the heart of Africa, to the amazement of many, there have been sightings of Tyrannosaur-like creatures -- one, in particular, by a plantation owner, John Johnson, and his slave. As the report goes, Mr. Johnson and his African slave were traveling through a swampy marsh in the Kasai valley in 1932. Suddenly, they came across a rhinoceros, and were cautious in not disturbing it. Then, to their immediate horror, a large, 42 foot (13 meter) long meter) long "lizard" leaped out of the trees and attacked the rhino. As it began to feed, the African servant fled in panic while the Swede literally fainted, falling to the ground. When he awoke, he found the creature still feeding, and had the opportunity to carefully observe it:
"It was a large beast, at least 12-13 meters long. It was reddish in coloration, with brackish-colored stripes going down. The legs were thick; it reminded me of a lion, built for speed. It had a long snout and numerous teeth. It gorged itself on the rhinoceros, which twitched with life still in it. (Note: the rhino was probably dead, but the Swede probably didn't know about involuntary muscle spasms.) After the creature had eaten its fill, it returned to the jungle slowly, its belly full of flesh."
In reality, very few people have reported seeing what has been titled the "Kasai Rex," but the reports of those who have are all strikingly similar; the size differs slightly, but the color of the creature remains the same . . . a dark red. It may not be the Tyrannosaurus, but the Tarbosaurus, a close relative to the Tyrannosaurus. It well-fits the description of the Kasai Rex. If the animals do exist, it is believed that the beast, or beasts, live very deep within Congo jungles, only venturing out when food is scarce. In brief, the Tarbosaurus was a slightly larger specimen than the Tyrannosaur. Roughly the size of a school bus, it possessed powerful jaws and long, serrated teeth. If the report were of a true specimen, it would bring vital, unparalleled information to the scientific community regarding the dinosaur kingdom itself.
To begin with, it would reveal that dinosaurs were creatures of remarkable color. Rather than plain, rather bland dusty-colored animals, such as the elephant or hippopotamus, several species perhaps possessed a magnificently colorful design. Again, every description of a Kasai Rex has been in agreement with one another . . . a dark shade of red with black stripes running vertically. Coincidence? From a logical standpoint, no.
Secondly, it would bring conclusive evidence that Tarbosaurs and their various close relatives were hunters. Though thought to be the case with the majority of scientists, some skeletal evidence has shown otherwise. Using the T-Rex as an example, one strength-indicator test conducted years ago on the femur revealed a strength indicator of only 9 units, which indicated that it could not have been very fast, contrary to movie depictions of a sprinting T-Rex. By comparison, a female African elephant on the same test showed a strength indicator of 6-14 units. A Tyrannosaur could simply not hunt at such a slow speed.
However, the plantation owner reported that the creature leaped on the rhinoceros out of nearby dense foliage, conducting a "surprise attack" method, rather than a "chasing down" method. In contrast, we mustn't ignore his vivid description, "The legs were thick; it reminded me of a lion, built for speed."
Lastly, if more information were discovered of the encounter, it could reveal to us whether it was a warm or cold blooded animal. This subject is still highly debated among scientists and paleontologists. Though it is True Authority's belief that dinosaurs, though reptiles, were warm blooded, we are far from taking any dogmatic stance.
The believability of the Kasai Rex is left for the reader to decide. Regions in central Africa, specifically the Likouala Swamp, a region which covers an area the size of Florida, still remains 80% unexplored. Reports of dinosaurs continue to pour out from these locations, and until we have adequately searched throughout this land of the unknown, this land located on the "Dark Continent," we may never know if the dinosaur world's most popular figure still walks the earth today.