The Coulobre in Dordogne
The Coulobre – a male animal this time – is also a name given to a Dordogne dragon that lived in a cave in the Couze cliff. It is a monstrous winged reptile that can live on land, in the air and on water. The beast – described as gigantic – kidnapped the inhabitants of Lalinde, boatmen and animals to take them to its lair where it made a feast of them.
Legend even has it that when the Coulobre de Dordogne drinks from the stream, its head is at river level and its tail extends over the cliff. Thus, the strength and size of the animal means that by sucking so hard, it manages to move large blocks of stone. This is how the dangerous passage of the Saut de la Gratusse was formed. According to the story, the bishop of Périgueux – Saint Front – went to the cliff where the dragon was standing to fight it. He ordered it to return to the ocean where it had come from. Frightened, the Coulobre rushed into the Dordogne and was never seen again. To thank their hero, the villagers built a chapel dedicated to Saint Front on the cliff overlooking the river.