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Winged humanoid creatures

Nothing could have prepared night watchman José Padrón for the sight that confronted him on the night of August 30, 1967. An enormous shape was heading in his direction, taking prodigious strides. The monstrous being had wings which Padrón would later compare with those of a small airplane. The sound it produced was apparently made by the creature’s claws as it tried to take flight.

Padrón had been getting ready to go to sleep within the cramped interior of the tin shack serving as guardhouse for the construction area on Mexico’s Route 57. At around 1:00 A.M., he had been awakened by the sound of something large stumbling around the motor pool. Fearing vandalism, the watchman had shaken himself awake and gone to investigate.

Padrón ran back to the shack, cowering fearfully inside until daybreak, when supervising engineer Enrique Rueda arrived on the site. Rueda listened carefully to the badly shaken watchman and proceeded to measure a series of fresh footprints found near the shack. The prints measured a little over one foot wide and had a depth of six inches. The engineer’s computations showed that whatever had made the impressions on the soil had weighed more than 600 pounds. Photos of the strange prints later appeared in the El Sol de San Luis newspaper. Fortean researcher Godofredo de la Fuente subsequently made plaster casts of the footprints. He deduced that the creature had traveled in a northeast-southeast trajectory, bordering a barbed-wire fence several hundred feet from the highway.

This incident, which would have made a great X-Files episode, drew international attention to the city of San Luis Potosí in Mexico’s minerals and metallurgy belt. But unlike many sightings of “winged weirdos,” the San Luis creature graced the construction site with its presence a second time. It returned the following night with a similar creature — possibly its mate — and both entities left a considerable number of footprints. The watchman, while understandably scared, observed them carefully. He said the creatures appeared to be headed toward the San Miguelito Mountains, adding a curious detail: The ground trembled as the creatures flew off.

This renewed visit caused the supervising engineer to increase the number of watchmen. Godofredo de la Fuente would later write in his journal, “Next to the last of the twelve footprints we noticed a broken mesquite branch which appeared to have been forcefully snapped off due to the passage of the swift mystery creatures. Only something having considerable physical strength could have snapped off a solid, spiny branch of the mesquite tree. Our inspection of the area did not yield any samples of hair nor feathers.” Fortunately, the story of the gryphon-like creatures did not rest solely on the testimony of the frightened night watchman. On September 1, 1967, a number of American tourists who had parked their campers at San Luis’s famous Cactus Inn claimed to have seen strange creatures with tremendous wingspans flying overhead. The Cactus Inn was less than a quarter mile from the construction site.

A Chilling Discovery

Hector Urdiales, a member of Mexico’s Cosmos A.C. paranormal research foundation, decided to lead an investigation during Easter week, 1984, to a seldom-visited area located behind Monterrey’s Cerro de la Silla, an enormous, irregular-shaped hill dominating the city. Stories of a monstrous winged being prowling the area had come to Urdiales’ attention. Accompanied by a friend, the explorer stopped at a roadside general store on the road to San Roque, where he interviewed the owner, who was among the many witnesses to the creature. They followed his indications as to where to camp and mount their watch.

Nothing unusual happened during their first day and night in the area. On the following morning, while combing the banks of a stream running through a copse of savin trees, Urdiales and his companion made a chilling discovery.

The grass at the base of one of the trees by the stream was covered in the blood and entrails of an animal. Closer inspection revealed that the savin tree’s entire trunk was streaming with blood flowing from above. Hesitantly they followed the trail of blood with their eyes until they came upon a surreal sight. Twenty feet off the ground, a large boar had been split open and spitted to a tree limb. Fear washed over the re-searchers, since they realized that the tall savin lacked the strong lower limbs which would have assisted a human to deliver the grisly cargo to such a dizzying height. Their minds couldn’t conjure up any feline predator strong enough to drag a 200-pound boar up a tree. Only a carnivorous winged predator having the wingspan and talons needed to attack that kind of prey could have possibly been responsible for the carnage.

On July 20, 1994, a farm worker at Rancho El Sabino in Monterrey was heading back to his house to have lunch at around 11:00 a.m. As he walked past a nearby graveyard, the farm worker noticed something emerge from another footpath at a distance of 100 feet. As he got closer, he realized that he was looking at a half-human, half-avian creature which was indifferent to the startled human’s presence. The creature continued to walk, chicken-like, down the footpath until it reached a crossroad. The birdman then flexed its enormous wings and turned down another path. By the time the farm worker reached the intersection, the figure was half a mile ahead of him. Then he lost sight of it altogether.

Five days later, a woman who had gone to decorate one of the tombs at the graveyard came upon the same creature and notified the authorities. News of the case prompted researchers Marco A. Reynoso, Ernesto Estrada, Esteban Guzmána, and Leopoldo Zambrano to investigate the site on July 29, 1994. Reaching the graveyard around midnight, they fanned out to cover all corners of the site but were unable to stumble across the gryphon-like presence.

Later on the following day they were able to videotape an interview with the farm worker, who gave them a comprehensive description of the entity sighting: the creature had been covered in grayish feathers and was human-looking from its head down to its torso, with bird-like attributes of wings, feathers, and talons below. The farm worker added that he didn’t pursue the creature for fear that it might attack him.

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Bigfoot chasing car in Bashkortostan (video)

A few days ago, an interesting video filmed in the Birski District in Bashkortostan was widely circulated on the Internet.

The footage of the video was made by a group of local young people. They captured “something” dark and big. The creature, waving its hands, moves through the tall grass to the steppe path.

The creature apparently has a powerful back, broad shoulders and big hands.

This video intrigued so much Moscow’s Bigfoot researchers at the International Homology Center that they were refusing to leave Bashkortostan.

The head of the Center is the famous Russian researcher of Yeti – Igor Burtsev, who has been searching for these cryptids for half a century (he himself is 79 years old). According to him, he “lost sleep and rest ” when watching this video. He is sure that the captured video footage is a real Yeti, and they are by no means fake.

In an interview with the BTRC Bashkortostan, Burtsev says:

“This, I think, is the second such case in the world. It is very convincing. It becomes clear that this creature is running. In addition, as we were studying the video footage, I saw there at one turn a bulge – this is a woman’s chest. Do you understand? This is a female.”

The record was reported to have been made in 2016, but has only recently become widely available on the web. The authors of the video claim that this creature was chasing their car. At one point, it still manages to catch up with them and damage the trunk and the rear window, but that’s exactly what they couldn’t take.

Burtsev was already out of the forest in the Birski area and immediately saw the traces of Yeti’s presence. He shares:

“When we entered the forest, we saw broken branches. We were back there days ago. There are completely fresh footprints. The locals call it shurale, and scientifically called hominoid. It’s also called Yeti and Bigfoot, but these are all names of the same being. “

According to media reports, the scientists spent several days to  interview local residents if they have seen a shape-shifting Shurale, a creature in Bashkir and Tatar folklore. It’s referred to as a forest spirit but believed to be a shapeshifter which can have a humanoid body with long fingers, glowing eyes, a horn on its forehead and a woolly body

Unfortunately, the original video has been removed from the web, which raises many questions …

You can see the edited video below.


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Baseball star captures ‘Bigfoot’ on deer cam

Image Credit: Twitter / @jordy_mercer

Is this Bigfoot, or is someone pulling a prank ? 

Tigers infielder Jordy Mercer has posted up two still images of an alleged Sasquatch on his property.

The 33-year-old Major League Baseball veteran reportedly captured the images on the 18th and 19th of November on his ranch in Oklahoma.

Both images show a large bipedal creature walking from right to left across the frame.

“Anyone know what this is ?” Mercer wrote. “Showed up back to back days on my deer camera!”

Little else is actually known about the images or the circumstances surrounding them and it is not even clear whether the post is intended to be serious or tongue-in-cheek.

As is often the case with such photographs, the ‘Bigfoot’ could simply be a person in a costume.

It is also possible that a third party was pulling a prank without Mercer’s knowledge.

His original Tweet can be viewed below.

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The F.B.I. Once Helped in the Hunt for Bigfoot

Bigfoot.That is all the F.B.I. said (well, tweeted) Wednesday when it released 22 pages of eyebrow-raising documents related to a 1970s hair analysis it conducted at the request of a well-known Bigfoot researcher.

The researcher, Peter Byrne, then the director of the Bigfoot Information Center and Exhibition in The Dalles, Ore., had a simple question for Jay Cochran Jr., the assistant director of the F.B.I. laboratory division: Have you been testing possible Bigfoot hair samples? And if not, would you like to start?

The 1970s were something of a heyday for Bigfoot researchers — the grainy Patterson-Gimlin film, which claimed to show one of the creatures strolling through a California streambed, was shot in 1967. Mr. Cochran did not seem terribly surprised by the question.

The F.B.I. had been asked several times in the past year whether it had been testing hair samples for possible Bigfoots, Mr. Cochran replied. “However, we have been unable to locate any references to such examinations in our files,” he wrote.

Mr. Byrne had a sample he wanted the F.B.I. to examine. It was 15 strands of hair attached to a small piece of skin that was “the first that we have obtained in six years which we feel may be of importance,” he wrote.

The F.B.I. laboratory was not normally in the business of examining tufts of hair for their potentially fantastical origins — it was more focused on criminal investigations, Mr. Cochran said — but for a reason that may be lost to history, he agreed.

“Occasionally, on a case-by-case basis, in the interest of research and scientific inquiry, we make exceptions to this general policy,” he wrote. “With this understanding, we will examine the hairs and tissue mentioned in your letter.”

Today, the idea of an earnest search for Bigfoot has become the province of reality TV shows like “MonsterQuest” and “Finding Bigfoot.” Not very many people take it seriously. But the 1970s were a different time.

The documents released by the F.B.I. on Wednesday included a long New York Times feature from June 1976 that described Mr. Byrne’s work, including “a handful” of Bigfoot sightings that “hold up and are given high credibility.”

The article, which Mr. Byrne sent to the F.B.I. to illustrate the seriousness of his endeavor, also bemoaned the paltry state of Bigfoot studies in the United States.

The Times said interest in “America’s own ‘monster’” could not hold a candle to the “increasing sums of money” that were “being spent by reputable scientists to investigate Loch Ness.”

In this one instance, at least, it appears that the F.B.I. tried to do its part in the hunt for Bigfoot.

According to the documents released Wednesday, the hairs sent by Mr. Byrne were subjected to a battery of tests, including examinations of root structure, medullary structure and cuticle thickness.

But when the results came back, they were bad news for Bigfoot hunters.

“It was concluded as a result of those examinations that the hairs are of deer family origin,” Mr. Cochran wrote in February 1977. “The hair sample you submitted is being returned as an enclosure to this letter.”

Melissa Hovey-Larsen, the president and founder of the American Bigfoot Society, said she was not surprised that the hair turned out to be from a deer.

“What we hear a lot when we get back hair samples is horse or deer or cow or bear,” she said. “We hear everything. But every so often you get one that comes back and it says ‘unknown source,’ and then nothing ever comes of it from there.”

What was more noteworthy, Ms. Hovey-Larsen said, was that Mr. Byrne turned to the federal government in his search for the truth.

“As researchers go, Peter Byrne blazed more trails to get respect for this field than anyone else in that time period, so I am not shocked he went to the F.B.I. but I am surprised,” she said.

She said most Bigfoot researchers eschew that path.

“As I always say to people, ‘What are they going to tell you?’ First of all, we have no proof that this exists,” she said. “We can’t even get a clear picture. Most of us think we’ll just be laughed right out of the room.”

The documents, which an F.B.I. spokeswoman described as “newly released information,” appeared to be the first time that federal law enforcement had acknowledged conducting any Bigfoot-related inquiry.

The spokeswoman said the release of the documents on Twitter was not intended to be an “X-Files”-style big reveal.

The account that published them, @FBIRecordsVault, automatically tweets documents that have been entered into the agency’s Freedom of Information Act library after a successful FOIA request, she said.

Some at the agency were amused at the public interest sparked by the documents and the cryptic tweet that announced their arrival.

“Oh, my God,” a receptionist at the F.B.I. press office said to a reporter who called to ask about Bigfoot. “I cannot believe that is why you are calling.”

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