The huallepen, also known as the huallipen or the guallipen is a strange, bovine-like cryptid said to haunt the lakes and rivers of Chile. This beast’s name derives from the Mapuche word Wallipén which translates as “sheep-calf.”


The huallepen has the body of a sheep or cow and the head of a young calf. It had twisted feet with short front legs and a back end that resembles a seal. It lives in pools and frequently mates with other herded animals. The offspring it produces have twisted muzzles and legs.

Possible Explanations

Hypotheses include:

  • Deformed cattle
    • Unknown species of aquatic cattle
  • Unknown form of pinniped


Evidence includes:

  • Eyewitness testimony


  • This beast is also said to reportedly be able to mate with either sheep or cattle, creating bizarre hybrid offspring.
  • Legend states that if a pregnant woman goes near the beast, then her child will be born with twisted legs and muzzles.