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A winged monster, resembling a huge alligator with an extremely elongated tail and an immense pair of wings, was found on the desert between the Whetstone and Huachuca mountains last Sunday by two ranchers who were returning home from the Huachucas.
The creature was evidently greatly exhausted by a long flight and when discovered was able to fly but a short distance at a time.
After the first shock of wild amazement as it passed the two men, who were on horseback and armed with Winchester rifles , regained sufficient courage to pursue the monster and after an exciting chase of several miles succeeded in getting near enough to open fire with their rifles and wounding it.
The creature then turned on the men but owing to its exhausted condition they were able to keep out of its way and after a few well directed shots the monster partly rolled over and remained motionless.
The men cautiously approached, their horses snorting in terror and found that the monster was dead. They then proceeded to make an examination and found that it measured about ninety two feet in length and the greatest diameter was about fifty inches.
The monster had only two feet, these being situated a short distance from where the wings were joined to the body. The head, as near as they could judge was about eight feet long, the jaws being thickly set with strong, sharp teeth.
It’s eyes were as large as a dinner plate and protruded halfway from the head. They had some difficulty in measuring the wings as they were partly folded under the body, but finally got one straightened out sufficiently to obtain a measurement of seventy eight –feet, making the total length from tip to tip about 160 feet.
The wings were composed of a thick and nearly transparent membrane and were devoid of feathers or hair, as was the entire body. The skin of the body was comparatively smooth and easily penetrated by a bullet.
The men cut off a small portion of the tip of one wing and took it home with them. Late last night one of them arrived in this city for supplies and to make the necessary preparations to skin the creature, when the hide will be sent east for examination by the eminent scientists of the day.
The finder returned early this morning accompanied by several prominent men who will endeavor to bring the strange creature back to the city before it is mutilated.
On July 14th, 2002 at 2:30 P.M. I observed what could only be what is called a pteranodon, soaring in the sky above Mogensen ponds near Mesa Colorado. The creature had an appoximate wing span of six feet, dwarfing two eagles flying nearby, and had a dull tan color skin.
It had a large toothless beak, a bony head with sunken eyes, featherless body, and a pointed appendage extending from the back of the head. The leathery wings were semi clear as I could see some light glow through.
Its head turned only with the creature's course of flight and rarely flapped its wings. When the wings did move the motion seemed simular to that of a bat.
I failed to see any form of tail, however I do recount seeing a full, pelican like throat and small protusions from the forward mid section of the wings.
Whatever this thing was, it did seem to fly like a bird of prey, possesed some anatomical simularities to a pelican, the color and wing motions of a fruit bat, and a head protusion simular but different from a blue herion.
My personal theory is that this flying creature miagrates to South America in the fall and returns to places like Texas, Colorado, and Arizona in the Spring.
If anyone else has any information, such as sightings of the creature or has a better idea what it could be, please let me know.
I am planing to stake out for this creature next July with a camera, digital camcorder, and a phone with the "Fish and Game" on auto dial in case of a new sighting.
Dear Mr. Chorvinsky,
I received your name and address from a friend of mine who stated that you were writing a book about monsters and to have people write to you about their sighting.
Mine was about ten years ago, when I was returning home at around 3 a.m. after being out with a few friends to an all night restaurant to eat. I was turning off 140 onto 91 in Finksburg, in Carroll County, Maryland, which at that time was not developed as it is now.
The area was a high bank with a big cornfield at that time which was used for farming. The field backed up to a Jewish graveyard. After I made that turn, I saw what I thought was a man.
As I got closer, I saw what reminded me of a big pterodactyl-type thing, but standing on two feet like a man. The strange figure was brownish-gray and over six feet tall.
The face of this figure was of a man, but the chin seemed to be pointed like a beak. The figure then started moving and, when it did, it looked as though it had wings, and the closer I got the faster it would flap its wings.
It had a big wing span. The thing flew away. It flew over my car and the force of the wind made my whole car shake. The sound that wind made sounded almost like a helicopter.
Driving towards it must have scared it. When I used to tell people about this, they thought I was putting them on but it's something I will never forget and even now, when I go through that area, even knowing how developed it is, I feel scared knowing the old story that strange things always go around twice.
Mrs. Ruth Lundy
Originally published in Strange 7.