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Girl Sees Reptilian Humanoid in Virginia

LURAY, Va. — A girl claims that she saw a reptilian creature in the summer of 2002 in northern Virginia.

Road in Luray, Virginia. Credit: Meetu Singhal under CC BY 2.0

Katie, who provided a last name but was omitted due to journalistic ethics code relating to the age of a witness, says she was only six when she and her family were sleeping at the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Page County the morning the encounter took place.

“My family and I went to visit Yogi Bear campsite, and we set up two tents next to a river,” she told Cryptozoology News.

“So when night fell, my sister and I slept in a tent together, and my mother and brother slept in the one next to us,” she added.

It was 5 a.m. when the witness woke up, reportedly not being able to sleep and decided to leave the tent.

“After making sure nobody heard me or woke up, I crept around to where our fire was. The coals were barely still smoking now, and I took a stick and poked it,” she explains.

Then, according to Katie, something unusual attracted her attention.

“While I was having my fun, I heard a couple snaps in this little ring of bushes about ten feet from me. I snapped my head up and stared. While my heart was beating ten million miles an hour, I saw a slightly fuzzy, scaly looking snout poke out, followed by dark, almond-shaped eyes,” she recalls.

“This thing poked up to its torso out of the brush, sniffing and staring at me intently. It didn’t growl or attack, it just stared. I was frozen with fear, shaking and almost to tears. It was silent except for a little bit of breathing sounds.”

One of the strangest things, she says, was its feet.

“They looked like hooves, but I’ve never seen anything like that thing that had hooves,” she remembers.

The witness described the beast as having an “all bony looking face” with sharp cheeks.

She says it looked like “the mix of a horse and a Komodo dragon” with a “dark gray-brown color”.

The Luray Caverns

Eventually, the animal went behind the bushes and Katie headed back into her tent, “zipping it up tight and not sleeping till’ dawn”.

She doesn’t believe there was any unusual smell in the air when the encounter took place.

“Yes, it could have been a bear, of course. But I’m very sure it wasn’t. I told my parents but they got angry at me for leaving the tent at night,” she said.

The town of Luray is known for its proximity to the Luray Caverns, in the Shenandoah Valley, east of the Allegheny Range of the Appalachian Mountains.

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  1. Michael

    June 12, 2014 at 6:17 am

    I leave in Virginia and visited that exact area many times. I have not seen the creature this young lady describes. But in 2007, my son and I did have an encounter with the “dogman”. We were hiking in the mountains when we came upon a cave, in the cave was a creature that walked on two legs while exiting the cave and then down to four legs.

  2. twas brillig

    June 20, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    emaciated deer with mange?

  3. shelley

    June 25, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    A friend of ours came by our house tonight and said she saw a large dark creature on 2 legs come across the r o ad and over t he fence with no problem. We live right down the road from yogi bear park in luray. She said it was at least 7 or 8 ft tall. My sons boss live up the mountain rd from us and his son saw the same thing a few yrs ago. So its hard to say what really lives here.

  4. Indiana Jones

    March 15, 2016 at 2:41 am

    In the year of 2008, my mother, living in Northern Virginia, at the time, saw a strange, bony creature which sounds similar to this description, and she, too, was shaken nearly to tears. I had been out for a walk at the time, (in the opposite direction of the sighting), and when I got him, she was pale and clammy, and I have never before, nor since, seen her that startled. Seeing this story and reading the comments makes me wonder if there isn’t some kind of freaky science experimentation going on in this parts. I always did question why they felt the need, especially in this day in age, to build a brand new animal laboratory into my old university, and they did that right around that time, too. It’s all just musings, of course, but strange, nonetheless.

    • Indiana Jones

      March 15, 2016 at 2:42 am

      home* (apologies, I have a new auto-correct app, which seems to have gotten a bit ahead of itself, there. 😉 )

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