The Tatzelwurm, which despite its German name belongs to Italian folklore too. Presumably from the Alpine region bordering both nations, It takes the appearance of a cat with the hind-end of a serpent with no hind legs. In 1934 a Swiss photographer named Balkin allegedly saw a strange creature near a log and photographed it. The resulting interest in the creature inspired the Berliner Illustrierte to sponsor an expedition in search of the Tatzelwurm, but the expedition was a failure and interest quickly faded. Most scientists and cryptozoologists agree that the Tatzelwurm is a hoax.