Oh god, what is that?!

In Phantasy Star, one of the many monsters your fight in the beginning (that later on in the game gets one too many recolors and labeled as a “new monster”) is a flying eyeball with bat wings. In the Japanese version, it’s appropriately named “Devil Bat.” However, the English translation kinda screwed around with some oddball name changes. For whatever reason, Devil Bat was translated to…

Now, when I saw that several years ago, I wondered what on Earth made that an “Owl Bear.” To this day, I still have no idea what Sega was thinking. However, I believe this is what a real Owl Bear looks like:

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