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Witness recounts 'winged creature' encounter

By T.K. Randall
January 18, 2021 · Comment icon 13 comments

What was the mystery creature ? Image Credit: PD - Steve Baxter
Three people had been driving in northeastern Illinois when they saw a flying creature with 'human proportions'.
The encounter, which was recently featured in an article on the Singular Fortean Society's website, occurred back in July 2008 and was submitted to the organization by one of three witnesses.

The trio - a man named Ryan, his husband and a mutual friend - had been driving home from O'Hare International Airport to Dubuque, Iowa when they noticed something strange in the sky.

"I was looking off to the left and saw a winged creature fly above the crops on the left side, and fly straight across the road several yards in front of us," Ryan wrote in an email.

"It disappeared over the field on the right side of the road. It had a wingspan of several feet. I did not see what the body looked like."

"The other people in the car saw it but said it was just a large bat. It was much larger than a bat. The way it flew was more like a large bird like an eagle, but it was gray and black."

In a later telephone interview with investigator Tobias Wayland, he clarified that the sighting had taken place in a semirural area somewhere to the south of Wisconsin.

"It was about human-sized, maybe smaller than six feet," he said of the creature. "The wings were maybe the length of a human's arms, but a bit wider, maybe five to six feet."

"I saw a body shape, like a human-type shape, human proportions, basically. Then the wings were the main things I saw. I couldn't believe it. I've never seen wings on something flying that big."

You can view the full report in the source link below.

Source: Singular Fortean | Comments (13)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by Mr.United_Nations 3 years ago
Fruit bat?
Comment icon #5 Posted by rashore 3 years ago
Too far north and too big to be a fruit bat.†
Comment icon #6 Posted by the13bats 3 years ago
This is it right there, and the larger it gets the more strength is needed to get it a loft, Many times people will make a claim the creature is man sized yet the wings would not be large enough to give it flight, i also have seen in claims that even with the wings it takes off like superman hence wings wouldnt be needed and just a hindrance. This case is a nit more mundain after reading the story for little details and knowing size is almost always aggravated i would say almost certainly they saw a large owl or bird that might not normally be out at night.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Timothy 3 years ago
But it obviously simply exploits†quantum mechanics and is inter dimensional. Canít argue with that,†explains it well and proper.†
Comment icon #8 Posted by DieChecker 3 years ago
Some kind of owl. They often fly just above the headlights and look HUGE. Also in the dark, everything looks grey and black, so could have been brown, like a horned owl. Says the great gray owls can†get almost 3 feet long.
Comment icon #9 Posted by the13bats 3 years ago
The mind just isnt a good gauge of size especially in the dark and in a surprise situation, several times ive rescued screech owls, under 10 inches tall but when they get snow blinded by headlights and hit the car they look hugh, i get out pick them up and hold them still and in 5 to 15 mins they recover and to say thanks open a can of owl whip ass on you.
Comment icon #10 Posted by jmccr8 3 years ago
Hi Die Checker †Many years ago at my aunt and uncle's chalet just outside of Banff and there was an†owl around dusk†or early dawn that had a six foot wing span and would fly right through the yard on the way home in the nearby mountain. jmccr8
Comment icon #11 Posted by DieChecker 3 years ago
I saw a big owl fly right in front of my car about a week ago. They're so quick that all you get is a glimpse and they're off into the dark.
Comment icon #12 Posted by jmccr8 3 years ago
Hi Diechecker Surprised the hell out of me one time damn near hit a pelican in town in the landlocked prairies in the middle of the country that thing was huge. jmccr8
Comment icon #13 Posted by MissJatti 3 years ago
The Creeper

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