Sasabonsams are vampiric, spindle-legged creatures native to West Africa. They are used as mascots for the Nigerian National Quidditch team. During the mascot attacks at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, the Sasabonsams became crazed due to the amount of blood being spilled and started to attack as well.
Jamaican Keeper Kquewanda Bailey's sudden unconsciousness in the middle of the Jamaica versus USA match was, at first, thought to have been some sort of magical interference from someone in the crowd, but the ICWQC duly confirmed that Bailey was suffering from an infected Sasabonsam bite sustained during the opening ceremony, ruling out any foul play.
In June 2014, notices were put up in the house common rooms at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry stating that the school nurse would not view kindly students who claimed to have infected Sasabonsam bites in order to be excused from classes.
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- The Sasabonsam is a creature from West African folkfore. Alternatively depicted as either a vampire or an ogre, the creature has iron teeth and lives in trees, perched on its spindly legs. They are known mostly in Ghana and surrounding territories. Their name comes from the Akan word "Bonsam", meaning "devil".
- Sasabonsams are not mentioned in the fifty-second edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It's possible that they weren't discovered until after 1991. Another possibility is that, like vampires, they are classified as beings.
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