No, this is not an April Fool joke, nor is it fake news. A principle online newspaper in
has reported that two young boys have been killed by a freshwater mermaid. The
incident happened at a reservoir in the Gokwe township of the Midlands
province. The two boys were playing around near the dam, in between looking
after a herd of cattle, when the mermaid came out of the water and seized them.
It took them down into the water but later returned them alive. The boys'
parents were among the witnesses. They wept with relief when they saw their
children and so the mermaid came back and grabbed them again, this time killing
them. According to African folklore, one must never weep in the presence of a
mermaid or they become angry. The two deaths are being taken seriously by the
police and Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende of the Midlands Provincial Police
is investigating the incident. Source: http://zimbabwenewsonline.com/index.php/strange_news/3168-a-daring-gokwe-mermaid-snatches-two-boys-and-shows-them-off-before-killing-them.html.
As outlandish as this story sounds I still think it is worth looking into. Africa
is an absolute cornucopia of cryptozoological, UFO and other paranormal related
phenomena. A lot of what happens goes unreported, or is minimally reported,
because of the common lack of communications infrastructure that affects the
continent. However, this situation is improving rapidly with a huge growth in
recent years of the number of Africans who can now access telephone and
internet services, so these stories are leaking out more and more. There are
many other examples, including these two also from Zimbabwe,
Mermaids are mythological aquatic humanoids that can be found in cultures
across the world in one form or another. In European traditions they're usually
depicted as feminine and formed like a normal human from the waist up with a
fish-like tail instead of legs. There are still many mysteries associated with
the sea and we know more about the outer planets of the solar system than we do
some regions of the earth's oceans. In 2013 this mockumentary by the channel
Animal Planet renewed interest in the subject, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWE4g33dwdI.
Of course this was not real, but it was inspired by genuine cryptozoological
research by people like the Australian investigator Gary Opit, see: http://garyopit.com/. Is it possible that at
some time in our evolutionary past, a species of ape-man decided to take to the
water in the same way land animals turned into whales and dolphins? In which
case they may still be out there, keeping away from us for fear of our fishing
nets and naval engagements. Was it one of these beings that was responsible for
the deaths of those two boys in Zimbabwe?
See here for more information: http://hpanwo-radio.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/programme-51-podcast-cryptozoology.html.