ELOY, Ariz. — A man on Thursday said he saw a dinosaur-like bird at a public park about 50 miles northwest of Tucson.
28-year-old construction worker Ruben Navarrete told Cryptozoology News that he and a friend were driving through the north side of Eloy, Arizona, when he spotted the large bird 13 years ago at North Park, a place dedicated to provide the city residents with sports and a variety of recreational activities.
“I saw the bird sitting on top of some over grown trees,” he said about the winged creature.
The man claims the sighting lasted about 15 seconds and that they did not stop the vehicle to investigate. His friend Rey, who was the driver at the moment of the sighting, did not see the animal.
“It was huge. The way I’d describe it… it sounds crazy but it was like the dinosaur bird,” he explained, referring to the extinct flying reptile known as pterosaur, Greek for “wing lizards”.
Its color, he said, was dark brown and its skin did not have feathers nor hair. Navarrete believes the size of the bird was about 12 feet in height.
In 1890, Arizona newspaper The Tombstone Epitaph reported that two ranchers had allegedly killed a “winged monster”, similar to an “alligator”, in the desert between the Whetsone and Huachuca mountains.
Last week, a man claimed to have seen a similar large bird in Louisiana in the spring break of 1978.
The city of Eloy, located in Pinal County, has a population of 17,000 and is the place of birth of ex-professional football player Levi Jones.
“Everybody in my family knows what I saw. Now that I know other people have seen something like I did, makes me want to let people know what I saw and that I’m not crazy,” said Navarrete.