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  1. nivek

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    Karachi traders fearful after ‘mysterious creature’ sighted in Shershah

    The Shershah flea market, which is touted by some as the biggest market for scrapped goods in South Asia, has now become a haunted site for some. The sighting of a mysterious ‘out of the world’ creature at the market has sparked fear in many traders working there.

    The traders, as a result, have started closing their shops earlier than before.

    It all started eight days ago when a watchman Gulzar was performing his duties outside a warehouse. He heard dogs barking nearby and got up from his chair to see what was going on. Gulzar said that he felt a strange sensation as he was walking towards the area where the noise was coming from. He then spotted a “strange creature” and ran away. “The creature was black and its eyes were as bright as a torchlight,” he said. Gulzar has been working as a watchman for the last 25 years. “I have never seen anything like that before.”

    Gulzar shared his encounter with other watchmen but no one believed him.

    The next day, another watchman, Abdul Qayyum, was taking a round of the area when he spotted the same creature.

    The two watchmen claimed that the creature has even killed 11 goats at the warehouse. Soon rumours started making the rounds, leading to fear and panic. Some have claimed that the mysterious figure is five feet tall, while others claim that it can jump up to 20 feet.

    Not everyone believes the story though. A person who works at the flea market said that he thinks someone is probably pulling a prank and there is no truth to the sightings.

    Some traders even approached the Jahanabad police, asking for them to investigate the matter. A policeman, Muzammil Shah, said that they received many reports about sightings of such a figure, adding that they are investigating the matter.


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    Too bad no photo or drawing.
     
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    It sounds like a larger version of Chupacabra.
     
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    reports of large dog-like creatures slaughtering animals are older than the chupacabra...
     
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    Scientists try to identify mysterious dead ‘sea monster’

    Jeff Warren said he didn’t know what he’d found when he and his son came upon a washed up carcass on the beach at Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuge near Darien on Friday.

    What he at first thought was a dead seal on closer inspection looked more like a baby sea monster or a throw back to the Jurassic.

    At Skipper’s Fish Camp in nearby Darien they called it “Alty,” a reference to Altamaha-ha, the Georgia coast’s version of the Loch Ness monster.



    “This isn’t a joke,” Warren wrote, sending the photo along to news outlets including the Savannah Morning News. “There was a heron and some seagulls pulling its guts out and eating them but they flew away when I got close.”

    Some local marine scientists say it’s some type of shark.

    “Woahhhhh!” texted Chantal Audran of the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. “It looks like a deep sea shark, like a frilled shark. Although I don’t see gill slits.” She consulted with a colleague, Mark Dodd of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, who seconded her guess. Without a body to necrospy they can’t be sure, she noted.

    “The body was unfortunately not recovered,” she wrote. “Boy, if I could get my scalpel on that guy, the awesome things I could learn!”

    Tara Cox, associate professor of marine sciences at Savannah State University, also suggested it was a shark, though a different type.

    “I did some digging, and yes, a basking shark looks surprisingly like a mythological/prehistoric sea serpent when it decomposes,” she wrote in an email.

    Not everyone would rule out a hoax. That was the consensus at Georgia Southern University, said Biology Professor Ray Chandler. John “Crawfish” Crawford thinks so, too. After examining the photo he was convinced it was a model, maybe made of clay and maybe with chicken guts for entrails. The photo looked a lot like the Wikipedia entry for the Altamaha-ha, he said. And Crawford knows that some fishermen friends have pulled practical jokes in the past to get media attention for the Altamaha-ha legend.

    “Whoever did it did a good job,” said Crawford, an accomplished naturalist and marine educator at UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. “I’m sure it’s another saga in the Altamaha-ha thing.”

    Chuck Bangley, with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, was hedging his bets.

    “After taking a look at the photo the tail looks pretty sharky, so my guess (if it’s real and not a Photoshop job) is that it’s some kind of badly decomposed shark,” he wrote in an email. “Basking sharks do tend to flatten out like that when they wash up.”

    The wildlife experts Warren consulted also came to the conclusion it was a basking shark, even providing a convincing sketch of a basking shark’s head elongating as it decomposes, but Warren’s son prefers a little mystery.

    “My son, who is 12, thinks it is the child of the legendary Altamaha-ha and has now decided he wants to be a marine biologist,” Warren said.

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    This is a strange sighting from 1990 in New York State and another sighting in 2009 near New Jersey...

    ALSO NOTICED: It did not make any sounds.

    OTHER WITNESSES: 2 witnesses, 30 and 35 years old . Canoeing. Swimming.

    The witness described the animal as about five feet tall and extremely skinny, like "a teenaged boy." It appeared to be covered with reddish brown hair and had a pale face, expressive eyes and mouth, and a "deranged" smile or smirk on its face. Unlike a bear, its arms were long and it lacked a pronounced snout.

    The witness supplied these two drawings:

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    Once the witnesses had passed the animal and turned their aluminum canoe around, it had already begun climbing the tree. It was ten feet up the trunk near the lowest branch, moving slowly like a sloth. It crawled onto the branch and moved its head to look at them again. Then it tucked its chin down into its chest and appeared to blend in with the reddish brown bark on the tree. The witness said that, once it blended into the tree, "The shape didn't have any definition to it."

    The witness described it again to me in writing: "As soon as it put it's head down into it's underbelly, it looked like a large bump on the branch. If you hadn't seen it move it's head you would not know it was anything but a large branch. When it bent over on the branch blending in with the bark of the tree, it's fur had a pine bark look too."

    During this sighting the witness felt no fear, however he did feel that there was a "boundary line," or a certain area between him and the animal that should not be encroached upon.

    The witness' brother was contacted and he corroborated his brother's story, although his recollection of the sighting was not as detailed. He said that the creature was about four feet tall, and both sloth-like and orangutan-like in appearance, although he did not see its face. He doesn't remember seeing the creature standing on the shore before it climbed the tree; nor does he remember seeing it tuck its head down and "blend in" with the tree as his brother did.

    According to the witness, several years later two girls, one of which is a lifeguard at a nearby YMCA camp, saw something they called "Monkey Boy" jumping on and off a wall. Attempts to locate and contact these witnesses have thus far been unsuccessful.

    Update 11/7/2009: Another witness may have seen the same or another one of these creatures. See the email sent to the BFRO below. [Mike Aragona, BFRO Investigator New Jersey]

    To whom it concerns: My girlfriend told me of an experience she had at Lake George 11 years ago when she saw a "monkey boy" at Lake George. I immediately searched for "monkey boy lake george" and found your case #2405:BFRO Report 2405: Dusk sighting on shoreline of Lake George at Deer Leap The description there is a striking match with her story, and in the same area. In fact, she worked at Silver Bay (the "YMCA camp" referenced in the report) and that is where she had her sighting. Her physical description is downright identical to the one provided by the witnesses in #2405. She saw the picture in the report and said, "That's him." The one difference is that she remembers the animal having a short tail. She doesn't want to contact you but I told her I would anyway. There's even a chance that she is one of the two girls mentioned in your report in reference to the YMCA camp, though her experience did not occur with another girl but with her boyfriend at the time.

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  7. Castle-Yankee54

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    It looks like an early workup of Timon from the Lion King.
     
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  8. Toroid

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    It kinda looks like a monkey. o_O
     
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    Fisher?
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  10. Castle-Yankee54

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    More likely some regional legend......its hard to say what the motivation is for this sighting.
     
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    Mother and Son Report Run-In with Mothman near Parsonsburg, Maryland

    The Singular Fortean Society was contacted recently by a woman who said that she and her son had an encounter with a mysterious winged humanoid last May outside of Parsonsburg, Maryland.

    According to the initial report:

    My son, who is 15, and I were driving home from the store late one night at the beginning of the summer. We live in Parsonsburg, Maryland; a tiny town. We saw something crouched by the side of a bendy, woodsy back road, with a neighborhood and pond close by. My initial thought was that it was a bird, and that it was going to hit my car. When it flew up it appeared to be a dark grey human about six feet or taller, with smooth skin and bat-like wings. It had human feet, which we clearly saw as it shot up and over the trees, sort of gliding. We were stunned. We asked each other what the hell we saw, and then didn’t speak of it again for quite some time.

    The witness was contacted via telephone by investigator Tobias Wayland, and agreed to the use of her first name, Bobbi. All parties agreed that it was best for her son to remain completely anonymous.

    "We had gone to Walmart on a Friday night. We’re night owls, so we always do late-night ‘Oh, let’s run here, let’s run there,'" Bobbi said. "It was probably between midnight and 1 a.m. We were on Dagsboro Road, and it cuts from town to the country, basically. We live in Parsonsburg, and Walmart is in Salisbury. It’s a very winding road, like very, very twisty."

    Bobbi wasn’t sure of the exact date of their sighting, but was reasonably sure it was in the latter half of May. She described weather conditions that evening as clear and bright, and historical weather data confirmed both Friday the 17th and 24th would match that description.

    She was driving with her son in the passenger seat, and was only going about 30 mph. As she rounded one of the road’s many curves, Bobbi said she saw something only 20 feet or so ahead in the road.

    "It was crouched, and I had a couple thoughts: the first one was ‘It’s going to hit my car,’ then the second thought was ‘What the hell kind of bird is that out here at 1 o’clock in the morning?’ Then, when I got closer, I saw that it didn’t look like a bird, its skin was smooth, and my brain wasn’t registering it at all. By the time I was on it, it had started to stand up and was probably six feet tall, at least," said Bobbi.

    Bobbi's mind reeled at the seemingly impossible situation unfolding before her.

    "It was big, you know? I was sure it was going to hit the front of my car or something. So, I slowed down a little more and kept going, and as I got closer to it, it started to move, and I guess I was just staring at it, and it seemed to be crouched down—like a buzzard or something. When it raised up, I didn’t see anything on the road, I didn’t see anything that it was crouched eating, like a buzzard would. It lifted itself up, and I honestly to this day cannot even tell you what I saw, until it reached the tip of my windshield. I still was thinking ‘This thing is going to hit my car!’ Then, as it went up, and fully stretched its body out, I could see that it was very grey and very smooth in appearance, like it would be smooth if I touched it. It was bald, it was bald-headed, and I saw feet, but like human feet," she said. “Like grey human feet.”

    "It was crouched on the left side of the road. It went up straight and then over across to the right where my son was and then up over the trees on that side. He saw the front from a side angle as it flew over us. The last thing we saw was the feet," she explained. "And then he was just gone. We didn’t see him glide over the trees, he was just gone."

    “It seemed to be very, very bald. The top of the head was bald. It was very round and very bald. There were ears. I thought it was a human head,” she added.

    According to her son, who had seen more of the creature’s face, it “looked like a skull, with sunken eyes, and with skin over it.”

    It took Bobbi a moment to react before she looked to her son for confirmation of what she’d seen.

    "I just stared, I really didn’t process what I was seeing. It flew straight up in front of my car, and when it’s feet were up above my car is when I was like ‘holy sh*t!’ It went up over the trees, it never flapped its wings—it just kind of glided up off the ground. I waited for a second, and then I looked at my son and I asked ‘Did you see that? Am I crazy?’ His face was completely still. He had no expression, and all he said to me was ‘I saw bat wings and human feet.’ And then, we didn’t say another word about it,” she said.

    Both Bobbi and her son seemingly forgot about the event completely until several weeks later when they were driving down the same stretch of road at night.

    "We drove home in a stunned daze, and we didn’t say anything else," she explained. "And then a couple of weeks later we were driving down that road again and I said [to my son] ‘Oh my god, do you remember what we saw?’ And he said, ‘Yes, oh my god!'"

    The two searched online, but couldn’t find anything similar to what they’d seen—until Bobbi’s son came across a video about Mothman on YouTube.

    "He found some stuff on the Mothman. We started googling Mothman stories, and that’s when we came across [The Singular Fortean Society]," she said.

    Bobbie was struck by the number of sighting reports similar to their own.

    "That’s when I was like ‘holy crap!’ Because when I saw the sketches [by Donie Odulio] that were on one of the stories, it matched to a T [what we had seen]. Besides the eyes, we didn’t see any red eyes, but I didn’t really see any specific features. My son said he saw the face, and he said ‘No, the eyes were just kind of sunk in,’ and he said he saw wings and hands," she explained.

    Although her son said he has a strong feeling of fear associated with the encounter, Bobbi said she didn’t experience any overpowering emotions, other than bewilderment at how they so suddenly and mysteriously forgot the event.

    "We’re very talkative, and we love creepy stuff, but we’d never seen anything," she said. "That’s what threw me for a loop, because we literally just drove home after in silence. I didn’t wake up the next day and tell a single soul. I didn’t even remember it until we drove back down that road."

    Following the event, the family experienced one incident of a potentially psychic phenomenon, and in addition, according to Bobbi, their “kitchen radio turns on by itself all the time.” The radio was purchased before the incident and has no prior history of malfunction.

    Both Bobbi and her son are otherwise handling their experience well, and more than anything are relieved to find that they aren’t alone.

    "Other people have seen this," Bobbi said. "We’re not crazy."

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    it turned out later to have been a art installation
     
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    according to @QuirkyBestiary those are wood devils, part of the folklore of the region, very interesting sighting
     
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    Mysterious Cat-Snatching Humanoid Primate Terrorizes Texas Town

    Residents of Santa Fe, Texas are on edge after multiple sightings of a large “primate” were reported. One woman says she was “paralyzed by fear” after seeing the mysterious creature outside of her window during a thunderstorm, and another woman says the creature tried to steal her cat. Described as resembling a very large chimpanzee or a monkey and by the Santa Fe police as “anything’s possible,” the creature has been reported multiple times but so far no video, photo, or physical evidence has been found.

    The first sighting occurred Monday, September 9. Patricia de la Mora says she was woken up in the early morning hours by thunder and lightning. According to de la Mora, after she woke up she heard strange noises outside and looked out the window. What she saw made her “paralyzed by fear.” She says:

    She says she didn’t have time to get her phone to take a picture of the creature. Her husband, James de la Mora says:
    When police arrived, they too could not collect any evidence of the mysterious primate. After an hour long search, police were left without any proof that the creature was ever there.

    The next day, however, another report came in from the same part of town. A woman reported that she had spent 20 minutes hiding in her car after the creature attacked her. The woman reportedly posted on Facebook:
    Police again launched a search of the area, and again turned up empty handed. But the reports kept coming in. One person on social media said that the primate tried to attack their child, and another said that the creature unsuccessfully tried to kidnap their cat.

    Despite the glut of sightings, there is still absolutely no evidence. According to Fox News reporter Natalie Hee:
    Bayou Animal Services was also unable to provide any further information. They said:
    Which is pretty weird.

    The mysterious creature certainly sounds like a chimpanzee (more so than a monkey), but the absolute, confounding lack of evidence makes it sound like Bigfoot is on the loose. Maybe this is some sort of transdimensional psychic chimp.

    Maybe it is Bigfoot.

    Maybe this should be taken as a reminder that despite everyone having phones in their pockets at all times, it’s actually a lot harder than you’d think to get evidence of something that doesn’t want to be caught.

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    UFO-Bigfoot- Cryptid Encounters Continue to be Reported in Pennsylvania During 2019

    The surge of UFO & Cryptid Encounters in PA during 2018 has continued into 2019. This is a listing of some of the cases that have come to my attention.

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    Footprint in the snow in Derry Township, PA on January 21, 2019.
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    01-19-19-Derry Township-Footprints in snow suddenly appear across yard.

    01-22-19-Wellsboro, PA (Tioga County) 4:23 PM 2 people observe orange luminous ball about 3,000 feet in sky. Object moved, hovered and ascended into sky.

    01-24-19- Hopwood, PA Fayette County-via Jim Brown-There was a very heavy snow at the time. A man was cleaning snow when he saw a black sphere hovering about 300 feet above trees. He watched for 5 minutes. The object seemed to diminish in size rather than moving away. He tried to take pictures but snow was so heavy he couldn’t capture it.

    01-25-19-Between 1-1:30 PM in Belle Vernon in parking lot at a local business. Two people observed a huge black bird with football shaped (bulb like area) at end of tail. The creature flapped it’s wings slowly.

    02-09-19-Rt 130-Several miles outside of Greensburg. At about 5:30 AM- A Bigfoot about 7-8 feet tall with dark brown hair and long arms barely moving ,suddenly appeared about 50 feet in front of a car. The creature moved across the road then seemed to suddenly vanish.

    02-17-19-UFO seen by numerous people in Cranberry, PA. 4 or 5 white lights moving up and down in sky.

    2-22-19-Mars, PA. Witness heard coyotes howling however a louder and longer howl heard at the same time.

    2-25-19-Carrol Township (Washington County, PA) near Mon-Valley-Looking out window woman saw huge bird on neighbors home. 3 ft tall, with very large wingspan. Swooped down and shredded rabbit.

    03-19-19-Plum Boro-8:30 PM-Man taking out garbage looked up and saw triangular object low in the sky making very faint air vent rushing sound. “like a pizza slice in the sky.” 3 non-blinking white lights at each point and one larger red light bottom, that alternated from brighter to dimmer. Moved off within a minute toward Springdale.

    4-19-19-Reports of a giant black wolf-like creature that stands 3-4 feet tall in Butler County. Supposedly started around March 2nd and a recent report as of 4-18-19. Dark figure moved in front of car so fast like a blur.

    05-01-19-(Early May, 2019)-Allegheny/Westmoreland County border-1 AM a witness looking out window sees dark hair covered 4 ½ to 5 feet tall Bigfoot walk through yard into woods. Seconds later, a small sphere of light exits woods then shines beam and it vanishes.

    05-15-19-Greene Co. (Sycamore) In the yard were 5 large full paper bags of apples. Next morning one of the bags was neatly opened and was completely empty of the apples. Apples lying around were eaten including the core. Next to the bags was a clear right and left footprint about 8-9 inches long that appeared 4 toed. It was raining and witness went into house to find camera and when she returned tracks were washed out.

    06-01-During the evening about 400 feet from Benner’s Meadow Run campground where the Bigfoot Camping Adventure event was held, some visitor’s were walking around the heavily wooded area. A young girl saw what appeared to be a footprint. Her father took a picture of it and made a cast.

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    Possible Track found near the event campsite.
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    06-02-19-About 8:30 AM I arrived at the campsite and was told about the possible footprint being located the evening before. My friend Tom and I followed a group of people to look around that location. On the way up I was studying the thick wooded area and noticed one tree about 10 feet or more off the ground that was healthy and had one branch that appeared to be torn, twisted and broken. No other damage to trees in the area. Some other researchers went deeper into woods and found trees with bent branches. This is similar to other tree damage that has been showing up in other areas where Bigfoot activity has been reported.


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    Rosemont, Illinois Winged Humanoid Witness Comes Forward

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    This is a follow-up to Possible 'Chicago Mothman' Recently Observed in Rosemont, Illinois. The witness eventually contacted me by email and by telephone. He was very wary after filing his initial report with MUFON, then having an undesirable discussion with the field investigator. He then searched Google and found my contact information. His first email to me is as follows:

    I recently had a sighting of a black creature that flew off on Saturday October 5th in Rosemont, Illinois. I reported the sighting to MUFON and was contacted by an investigator today who is demanding that I talk to him. I advised him that I did not want to talk to him and that I wanted to remain anonymous about this sighting. He then demanded that if I did not talk to him, that I would need to meet him in person to discuss the report and that he would have to take pictures and discuss the report in order for him to give it validity. I felt very pressured to make myself available for the investigator and that he had no interest in my privacy as I had previously requested. I told him that I went to extraordinary measures to insure that my name or picture would not find itself all over the internet. I explained to him that I only took up doing ride-share to provide extra income for my family and I did not want to have my information or my families information posted all over the place for people to ridicule. After emailing back and forth with the MUFON investigator, I decided to look elsewhere for someone to report my sighting to; who was going to respect my request for privacy. I just want to tell my story and then get on with my life. After looking around Google, I came upon your map and then your website and that what leads to my email today. I can copy and paste the text of my sighting to you and am available to speak via email to you but I do not want to meet in person nor be in any photographs. Possible 'Chicago Mothman' Recently Observed in Rosemont, Illinois

    I am not some nutter or some kook who is seeing things and I have many, many more things to do than prank websites with made up stories. I saw what I saw and remember it as clear as it had happened five minutes ago. Honestly how could you ever forget something like that. I am available in the afternoon and early evening when I ride-share, during the day I am usually at work and can only talk during my lunch break or during my breaks. I do not wish to talk to the MUFON investigator anymore and if you are associated with MUFON, then I will have to respectfully decline speaking with anyone as they did not respect my wish to remain anonymous.

    After gaining the witness' trust, we eventually communicated freely, The following is a more detailed description of the incident and being:

    The encounter was so brief, but I also got a pretty good look at the creature. I was parked by the light pole. It allows me to park a little more off the road. I was fumbling around with some charging cables that lead to the backseat of the car, for my passengers to use while in the car. I had my passenger side windows down to give my A/C a break.

    It was then that I saw movement and looked up to see the creature emerging out of the trees. It was large and about 6-7 feet tall. It was human-like in appearance, but almost solid black. The were no real features on this thing, just solid black. It swiveled its head around, looking and scanning and that is where I saw the glowing red eyes. The rest of the body was thin, I remember making note that it looked like a thin person and it was sort of hunched over, because its arms were down to about it's knees. The wings were about as wide and it was tall, so about 6-7' in width and looked like the wings of a bat. When it walked it kind of had a weird sort of a waddle, not so much like a penguin but like the kind of stride that a large bird (like an Emu) would have.

    It stood there for a few seconds looking around, I know I'm not the only one who saw it because there must have been 3-4 other drivers there waiting for the next call. It unfurled its wings and after a few seconds it began to flap them, slow at first then faster and faster as it leaped into the air. It flew like a large bird would. It used its wings to gain altitude, slowly adjusting itself into a more normal stance. The sounds of the wings were kind of muffled but could still be heard for a few seconds. I will tell you something that I didn't tell the other investigator, In the moment it emerged from the trees, there was a strong smell of ammonia. It smelled like the old ammonia products that they used to use to clean the bathroom. It was very pungent but not overwhelming. When it took off the smell was gone within a minute of two. It took off in a south direction, headed toward the giant inflatable building that houses the indoor golf range.

    Have there been reports of this thing recently?

    The one question I do have for you is about the previous MUFON investigator. Why the pushy and aggressive posture toward me. It made me feel like he thought I was lying or trying to profit from this in some way?

    Thank you and if you have any other questions, please contact me with them.

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    Another Winged Entity seen in Rosemont, Illinois

    Incident Date: 10/19/2019 @ Approximately 2200

    Reported Date: 10/23/2019

    Source: UFO Clearinghouse

    Status: Investigator has already reached out to the witness

    Sighting Description:

    We were staying at the Edward Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois for a wedding we were attending that was being held at the hotel. During the reception and dance, I stepped outside to smoke a cigarette and get away from all the noise for a few minutes. I took a walk toward the parking lot smoking and checking my phone when I heard a loud scream. It sounded like a woman screaming so I looked up in the direction of where the scream was coming from hoping it wasn’t really a woman in danger. Next to the parking lot is a large field with some trees but mostly a large, vacant lot. I used my cell phone’s flashlight to light the way and saw nothing except darkness. I walked over to the gravel path between the parking lot and the field, toward where my car was parked. That is when I heard something like wings flapping and something flew right over the top of me, about maybe 7-10 feet above me. I could have easily thrown a rock and hit it as it flew over me and away.

    This thing was at least 6 feet tall and was solid black with large wings, it looked like a giant sized bat flew over the top of me. It was all balck and kind of stuck out against the lights of the parking lot and the lights from around the area including the gas station across the street. Three other people saw it as well, including a couple who were walking across the parking lot as I heard them exclaiming about it. It flew toward the expressway and the BP gas station, this whole time it was screeching loud and flapping its wings hard like it was trying to gain height. When I lost sight of it, it was about the height of the billboard across the street still shrieking away.

    Now I know I had been drinking during the wedding and was a little buzzed when I walked outside, but I was as sober as a judge after seeing this thing. It was unnatural and was pretty much the scariest thing I ever did see, but I know for a fact that I saw it and those other people saw it.

    Investigator Notes:

    I spoke to the witness over the weekend over the phone.

    The witness states that he and his girlfriend were attending a mutual friends wedding reception when he decided to step outside and smoke a cigarette. He stated when he first heard the screaming, it sounded almost like a woman in distress which make him look around to see if anyone needed help. He stated that as he walked along the gravel path, smoking and looking around and that is where he heard the sound of flapping. The witness said is sounded like when geese flap their wings only louder and deeper. It was then that he saw the entity fly over his head at a height of about a height of about 7 feet above his head. He said the creature was solid black, but still reflected light from the street lamps in the parking lot and the surrounding area. He stated that it looked like a giant bat, stating that there was no other way to describe what it looked like. When asked if he saw any red eyes or other distinguishing features, the witness stated that he did not.

    The witness state that it was moving too fast for him to pick out any features other than the general description he gave. He did state that there are at least three other witnesses who saw the entity when it overflew the parking lot but he did not talk to them. The witness did state that he had been drinking alcohol during the reception but that he was not impaired in any way and that he could not have misidentified anything else that might have been in the area. The witness stated that he has heard geese and the sound the entity was making was completely different than the honking made by geese. I asked him to please describe the sound and he said it was a cross between a woman screaming and an animal growling. When asked what kind of animal, he stated it sounded like a mountain lion.

    The witness did say that the creature did gain altitude very quickly and when it faded out of sight, it was over the nearby expressway and about the height of the billboard it had passed. The entity was still making the screeching noise and could still be heard as it went out of sight. When asked about flight characteristics, the witness did add that the creature had two short legs that it kept then straight behind him as he was in flight, therefore making it look like a bat in flight. When asked what he did after the sighting, he said he went back inside and told his girlfriend who dismissed it as him seeing a crane or other large bird. They rejoined the reception and the rest of the night was uneventful. When asked if he had tried to take video or a picture, the witness said that he was in shock and that he did not reach for his phone.

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    Silver-Backed Chevrotain, With Fangs And Hooves, Photographed In Wild For First Time

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    Nearly 30 years after its last documented sighting, a silver-backed chevrotain was spotted by a camera set up in the forest of southern Vietnam.

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    The silver-backed chevrotain — a mysterious animal that's the size of a rabbit but looks like a silver-splashed deer — has been photographed in the wild for the first time. The chevrotain is the world's smallest hoofed mammal, or ungulate.

    Scientists say they have rediscovered a type of chevrotain that had been "lost to science" for nearly 30 years.

    "They are shy and solitary, appear to walk on the tips of their hooves and have two tiny fangs," says Global Wildlife Conservation, which helped back the project that recently tracked down the elusive animals in southern Vietnam.

    Scientists made the new sighting after getting tips from locals who reported seeing a gray chevrotain in the forest — meaning they had likely seen a silver-backed chevrotain (Tragulus versicolor) rather than the more common lesser chevrotain (Tragulus kanchil).

    In late 2017, researchers set up camera traps near the forest floor and left them for five months, hoping to capture evidence of the two-toned animal that's sometimes called the Vietnamese mouse-deer. The cameras were set up less than a foot off the ground to ensure they could capture a good picture of the diminutive animal.

    "We had no idea what to expect, so I was surprised and overjoyed when we checked the camera traps and saw photographs of a chevrotain with silver flanks," said expedition team leader An Nguyen, a conservation scientist for Global Wildlife Conservation who is also field coordinator with the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin.

    "For so long this species has seemingly only existed as part of our imagination," Nguyen said in a news release about the research, which was published Monday in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

    All three of the cameras in that initial survey returned photos of the silver-backed chevrotain — an encouraging sign that led to a second round of camera traps. In that more intensive phase, 15 of 29 camera stations recorded photos of the creatures. A 30th camera was stolen during the research.

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    Previously believed to be "lost to science," two silver-backed chevrotains were recently photographed in the forests of Vietnam for a study that was published Monday in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

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    As they announced their findings, the researchers also urged the government and conservation groups to study the newly recorded population so the chevrotain's habitat can be preserved and potential threats to its survival identified.

    "Discovering that it is, indeed, still out there is the first step in ensuring we don't lose it again," Nguyen said, "and we're moving quickly now to figure out how best to protect it."

    Because the animals live in the Greater Annamites, a region spanning Vietnam and Laos that's known both for its high concentration of endemic mammal species and for its intensive hunting, the scientists who tracked down the silver-backed chevrotains said they won't be sharing the exact location of their discovery, from the name of the forest to the GPS coordinates for their camera traps.

    Before the recent discovery, a total of five silver-backed chevrotains had been seen in only two confirmed instances: in 1910, when researchers acquired four specimens, and in 1990, when a joint Vietnamese-Russian expedition obtained a silver-backed chevrotain that had been killed by a hunter.

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