The Hodag is a fictional animal of the folklore of the American state of Wisconsin. Legends about this were told among loggers in the area in the early 19th century. These report that the Hodag rose from the ashes of an ox, in some legends it was the ox of Paul Bunyan, the legendary giant woodcutter. The ox named Babe was burned to wash his soul of the vulgar, blasphemous language used by the loggers and also by its owner. The ox's soul emerged from the ashes and gave off a putrid smell and this created the Hodag, a being with "the head of a frog, the grinning face of a giant elephant, thick short legs set off by huge claws, the back of a dinosaur, and a long tail with spears at the end ". So reported a newspaper.
The Hodag is the official mascot of the city of Rhinelander, where it can also be seen.
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