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Pterodactyl in the Corn Fields of Missouri

By Cryptozoology News June 28th, 2013
By Lars Plougmann (originally posted to Flickr as In the corn field) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]
By Lars Plougmann (originally posted to Flickr as In the corn field) [CC-BY-SA-2.0]

 Something is up in Altamont, MO.

It’s summer and the high temperatures are not helping farmers. Even though it hasn’t been a dry year in the state, the last few weeks have been a little hotter than usual.

“When some of us go water the plants at night, we notice the mess,” said Adrian, -his last name was omitted as he wished to remain anonymous- who has been farming for over 20 years. “I got a phone call from my son Anthony at 2 in the morning, he was very agitated, I figured something was very wrong.” That’s all Adrian needed to hear; for two weeks, his family has been living in a state of stress and insomnia. Every other night, when they drive to their land to water their corn field, there are bouts of noises they have never heard before.

“See we don’t know what that is. We know there are animals out here, we know that, but this sound gives me the goosebumps. It goes like a tapping sound as if somebody was chattering their teeth, only much more faster and louder, then silence, then shrieking. This ain’t coyotes or wolves or anything like that. I saw something and that is not from this land. That I’m sure. It was there standing before me, pointed the flashlight at it, it was darn big. Then a sudden movement, fast as heck, and it was gone. The plants moving like jelly, dust all over my face.”

By Pearson Scott Foresman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Pearson Scott Foresman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Adrian’s son describes an eight foot tall winged creature with a long muzzle that resembled “the face of an alligator.” The animal was featherless and its skin was grey, with a wingspan of over 80 feet that looked like “the wings of a bat.” The almond-shaped eyes appeared red under the stream of light pointing at them -known characteristic of certain rodents, opossums and birds- but they were most likely brown or black in color.

The legend of a giant bird, also known as “Thunderbird”, is known among Native Americans from the Pacific Northwest.

Interestingly, it wasn’t Indians that showed evidence of the bird for the first time. In 1890, a strange story was published on the Arizonian newspaper The Tombstone Epitapth.

 

 

Tombstone Epitaph April 26, 1890
Tombstone Epitaph
April 26, 1890

Tombstone Epitaph
April 26, 1890

FOUND IN THE DESERT
A STRANGE WINGED MONSTER DISCOVERED AND KILLED ON THE HUACHUCA DESERT
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 Whetsone 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 had 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 with terror, and found that the creature 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 in front of 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. Its eyes were as large as a dinner plate and protruded about half way 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 get 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 to this city before it is mutilated.

You can read the original text here.

 

Despite the unnecessary use of violence depicted on the story -a cryptozoologist’s first rule is an extreme respect for the cryptid being studied- the description is very similar to the creature that the family in Missouri witnessed a few days ago. Allegedly, the paper also carried a picture of the bird; researchers all across the internet and forum members have looked for this photograph to no avail.

Mr Pino's photograph of alleged pterodactyl. Originally published in Los Andes newspaper
Mr Pino’s photograph of alleged pterodactyl. Originally published in Los Andes newspaper

In 2009, the Argentinian newspaper Los Andes published images of a winged creature flying over the lake El-Nihuil. In the UK, the Telegraph covered the incident under the title “UFO or pterodactyl over Argentinian lake?”

“The object, photographed by a fisherman near San Rafael over an artificial lake called El-Nihuil, was, according the the newspaper Los Andes, witnessed by more than one person.”

 

The possibility of a pterodactyl-like creature inhabiting the lands of America remains open for most serious cryptozoologists. Unlike mammals, birds have an ample opportunity to hide away from the human eye, nest somewhere away from any sign of civilization and only come down at night to hunt their prey. Many pictures portraying giant birds have been doctored before in the past, making researchers wary of these type of claims. Adrian said he will set up a few trail cameras along the corn field to see “what comes up.” Until then, we will have to stick to their testimony.

 

 

 





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5 Responses to “Pterodactyl in the Corn Fields of Missouri”

  1. Jesse Clain says:

    Wish there were some pictures. Although why would the witnesses lie for? A small town, I don’t think they are asking for tourism.

  2. varo says:

    saw one myself in leeds uk in the 90s 6 to 8 foot wingspan could of been bigger being conservative about that, screeching being heard, saw a creature on the terraces across the way, it was sat on the roof quite a long time, I went in the garden and started mimicking it, it flew over me looking directly at me and looked as it was coming down for me, I dove to the flaw very frightened it pulled up and flew over the house, straight upwards practically at 50 to 60 degrees, it had hugh bones coming from the back of the legs, still baffles me what they were for, if you imagine a bone poking out from the back of your calf you can understand that’s quite unusual, it had a head just like a pterodactyl with the strange crest, but I never see these strange bones on the pictures EVER, well I know its hard to believe, my father managed to come out and see it flying into the sky too, its bones that were sticking out were at least half a foot long, 6 , 7 inches it wernt just a boney piece or growth.

  3. Ariann Baker says:

    This is the same type of thing that happened in Iowa (where I live) called the Van Meter Visitor. Most people think its an alien but I believe it’s the Ioways Thunderbird which they discribe as a bat like thing. Only the Van Meter Visitor shot out light beams from its head. This was in 1903 if anyone who reads this is curious

  4. Could have been spurs like what birds have. Lightbeams shooting out of head is easily explained: When you have enough coherence a doorway can open up. The creature simply went through one of these doorways, entered time-space (where time is three-dimensional), and popped back into space-time (space is three-dimensional) in our time zone. Less dense parts of the animal, i.e. eyes, take longer to pop into space-time, hence the lightbeams. It was the eyes. The ‘shooting lightbeams’ was just an illusion.

  5. CEP says:

    Another thought, no farmer waters corn fields. Gardeners will water sweet corn, but that is only an acre or so, nothing large enough to hide a pterodactyl with an 80′ wing span. We have had plenty of rain this year as watering is unnecessary anyway.

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