Half Man/Half Bird
Time and again, terrifying winged humanoids have been glimpsed, on the ground or in flight, by reliable witnesses.
Tales of huge Birds carrying off children and terrifyingly credible. The sightings of creatures resembling latter-day pterodactyls strain the powers of belief much more. But the cases we now describe would be dismissed by most people as utterly unbelievable: fantastic stories of man-like beings with wings. Yet they are told by ordinary, sincere people.
In the United States, on September 1877, a winged human being was seen over Brooklyn, New York. Few details are available, but a similar figure was seen in September 1880, not far away from Coney Island. It was described in the New York Times, none too seriously, as "a man with bat's wings and improved frog's legs".
Sightings of winged humanoids seem to be widely distributed around the globe than those of giant birds and supposed pterodactyls. The next report comes from Vladivostok, in the far eastern USSR. On July 11, 1908 a man walking in the Stikhote Alin Mountains saw what looked like a man's footprint on the path ahead. His dog began to act strangely, and something could be heard trampling among the bushes. After several minutes of standing and listening, the walker, V.K. Arsenyev, threw a stone towards the unseen creature, whereupon he heard the sound of wings beating and saw something `large and dark' fly away over the river. Unfortunately he could make out no details because of fog. Later, when Mr Arsenyev told local people what had happened, they identified the creature as `a man who could fly in the air', well-known to hunters in the area.
A Brazilian couple, the Reals, had a closer view of `their' winged people. Early in the 1950's they were walking on night in a wooded area near the sea at Pelotas in the state of Rio Grande do Sul when they noticed two gigantic `birds' in the trees. As they got nearer, the `birds' came down to the ground, and the amazed pair saw that the creatures were about 6 feet tall and looked human. They were crouching on the ground as if observing the Reals. Luiz do Rosario Real wished to approach them more closely, but his wife insisted that they return home.
A strange report describing an even closer sighting comes from Houston, Texas, USA. The night of June 18, 1953 was hot; three neighbors were sitting out on the front porch of an apartment house in the small hours. Mrs Hilda Walker said later: We were just talking idly, when I looked up and about twenty-five feet away I saw a huge shadow across the lawn. I thought at first it was the magnified reflection of a big moth caught in a nearby street light. Then the shadow seemed to bounce upward into a pecan tree...I could see him plain and could see he had wings folded at the shoulders. There was a dim gray light all around him.
The shadow was also seen by Howard Phillips and Judy Meyers, and they described it as `the figure of a man with wings like a bat. He was dressed in gray or black tight-fitting clothes. He stood there for about 30 seconds, swaying on the branch of the pecan tree. Suddenly the light began to fade out slowly.' They agreed also that he was about 6 ½ feet tall and wore a black cape, tight trousers and quarter-length boots.
As the light faded, the figure seemed to melt away, and the three heard a loud swooshing noise over the houses and saw a white flash. All were adamant that they had seen this inexplicable apparition.
Research Topic: Mothman
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