Weird Critters of Washington Pond

Swamp Bogger, Philly Lou Bird, Yupapotamus in Maine

My family and I drove across country from California to Maine, and now Swamp Bogger, Philly Lou Bird, and Yupapotamus are home at Washington Pond, Maine. This is the lake I grew up on, listening to my grandfather’s old logging tales about these weird critters. Many of the old timers here know stories about these critters, and it’s fun to see the enthusiasm they have in telling them. We’re staying at my Dad’s house, looking for a home of our own somewhere in the area. I’ll keep you posted. Jay~



The North American Yupapotamus

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Yupapotamidae
Genus: Yupapotamus
Linnaeus, 1758
Species: Y. amphibius

Binomial name: Yupapotamus amphibius

The Yupapotamus is semi-aquatic, inhabiting North American rivers, lakes and swamps residing mostly in New England where territorial bulls preside over a stretch of wet land and groups of 5 to 10 females and young. During a summer day, they remain cool by staying in the water or mud; reproduction and childbirth both occur in water. They emerge at dusk to graze on grass. While Yupapotami rest near each other in the water, grazing is a solitary activity and Yupapotami are not territorial on land. Yupapotami are recognizable by their barrel-shaped torso, enormous mouth and teeth, nearly hairless body, and stubby legs. The Yupapotamus is one of the most agreeable creatures in the world and is often regarded as one of the most positive animals in North America because they will agree to anything by answering with the only sound they ever utter: “YUP”. As agreeable as they are, one cannot trust the advice of a Yupapotamus because they say “YUP” whether they mean it or not. The Yupapotamus is still threatened by habitat loss. There is also a colony of Yupapotami in East Oshconscinwon, Maine introduced by Sweet Dick Pivnik called Yupapotamus Ranch. Yupapotami are a protected endangered species in the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.