PHILOMATH, Ore. — A man in Northern Oregon says he saw a big bird that sounded like a dinosaur.
The man, who provided a full name but asked to remain anonymous, told Cryptozoology News on Tuesday that he works as a campus security guard.
He says he was taking out of the trash at approximately 1:30 a.m. when the creature startled him.
“It flew from behind a house across the street and glided back to the ground. I only saw it briefly, but was caught off guard by its size and screeching sound it made,” said the Philomath resident. “It sounded like an old movie’s dinosaur.”
He described the creature as a flying being with a wingspan of “about 3/5 to 4/5 of the length of the house’s roof”. The wings, he said, were bent and exhibited a short and curved beak.
The security guard adds that he was able to see the animal in the dark because of the light from a nearby mill.
“I was not able to see the color or texture, just the size and shape of it,” he said.
About a month ago, a Pennsylvania man submitted a photograph containing a similar creature.
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.
In 1927, a similar event reportedly took place in the Australian town of Fernvale when a few giant birds visited the area, causing panic among the town’s residents.
In August 2015, a man in Michigan claimed to have seen a “giant bird” with a 10-foot wingspan.
In July 2015, two people in Nevada reported seeing a creature that reminded them of a pterosaur, a flying reptile believed to have gone extinct about 65 million years ago.
Two weeks later, a minister and her daughter claimed to have seen an unidentified flying creature that looked like it was “straight out of Jurassic Park”.
Thunderbird, also known as Roc, is the nomenclature used by Native Americans to refer to bird-like creatures with reptile features that are believed to be related to the extinct pterosaurs.
The city of Philomath is located in Benton County and is part of the Corvallis metropolitan area.
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