Around 5pm at her usual spot, it got suddenly quiet as if someone had turned off the sounds of nature, all but the approaching rustling from the opposite bank of the stream. Malaika stayed put. To this day she cannot explain what her eyes registered.
A 'thing' stepped out of the shadows into the sunlight. She was looking at a bipedal creature about six feet tall, mostly humanoid but for the reptilian skin, vertical slit amber eyes, and bear like claws on its fingers and raptor toes. The crocodilian snout, teeth, and tail were also something to behold.
Malaika had heard of the Mokele- Mbembe but she couldn't tell if this was it. Heck she couldn't even tell how she was feeling just then! Both just froze as if sizing each other up.
The way this thing looked she should have been fleeing for her life! However, scanning its frame and finally settling on its eyes, she felt...nothing!
It was no hallucination because this thing hunched over and drank from the stream, not in the least worried about her presence, then proceeded to give her one last look before turning around and melting right back into the thick jungle greenery, not to be seen again.
Having never felt threatened, Malaika still visits her favorite spot like daily mass! She has yet to see the thing again, but these are the impossibly vast jungles of Central Africa after all.