No one quite knows exactly what species they are. There's hot debate about where they've been hiding and gossip is rife about their origin. Some of the animals look strangely similar to those spotted around this time in Malham last year, but with some different markings. Some of them have never been seen before.
Those who're prepared to look closely and complete a simple quiz trail will be rewarded with sightings of these mythical beasts and fantastical creatures during the week of the Bank Holiday week at the end of May when Malham Safari takes place.
It's a simple idea: locals create these eye-catching animals which are 'hidden' through out Malham for visitors armed with a quiz sheet to spot.
As if that wasn't enough to entice you to Malham, there's plenty of other family entertainment including a magician, face painting and a daily duck race. There's quite a bit of throwing things too: coconut shy, archery, and axe throwing, as well as homemade cakes and refreshments from the Safari Cafe. The event is organised by creative volunteers and proceeds go to local charities.
One final point though: please park sensibly in a designated car park, not on the side of one of the narrow lanes (how would you feel if your car was the one preventing access by emergency vehicles, or if it's damaged by a tractor?) or you never know what one of the Malham beasts might do...