There's an old North American Indian legend about supernatural flying creatures, known as Thunderbirds. When they flapped their wings, they caused thunder and lightning. We've seen many adorning the top of Native totem poles.
There might not be a link between those Indian legends and the giant birds that are being reported today. The first recorded sightings were in the 1840s in the thick forests of Pennsylvania. It had the appearance of a large bald headed vulture with bat like wings. Some would say the wing-spread to be over 75 feet and that it flew among the dense bush and trees with ease. One witness accounted meeting one on a deserted trail, sitting atop an adult freshly killed elk.
In the summer of 1992, it was spotted flying off the Jersey Shore in Pennsylvania, the size of an airplane. A couple hiking the Consolation Valley, in the Canadian Rockies spotted one flying in the air carrying a full grown mule deer fawn.
They've been spotted in Kentucky when one landed on a barn, again in Illinois, Puerto Rico, and Northern California.
Some Thunderbirds have tried to carry off children, as what did happen in Illinois during the summer of 1977, when many sightings of the Thunderbird occurred. As usual, the authorities called all the witnesses liars, "Birds don't eat people," they claimed. It doesn't explain the many children that have gone missing throughout the years. A century ago it was quite common to open a newspaper and read about some child that had gone missing after sightings of huge eagles.
"The stories of eagles carrying off human babies and even small children are ... pure myth, yet the stories persist." Roger Caras
The most detailed report came from a farm in Odin, Illinois. John and Wanda Chappell witnessed a large prehistoric bird land in a tree near their farm. It had long legs and an "S" shaped neck with no feathers and a large wingspan. After five minutes it flew off. Again, the authorities claimed the sighting to be just a plain ole, turkey buzzard.
In 1890, two cowboys reported to the Tombstone Epitaph that they killed a Thunderbird. It had a wing span of 160 feet and had an alligators head.
|The Supposed Lost Photo of the Legendary Thunderbird|
There was a photograph taken once of six men in uniform who stood behind another dead creature. The strange thing about the photo is, it has been lost. Some say there never was one. Some say it was a hoax. The lost photo has become as infamous as the Thunderbird itself. I'll leave it to you, to decide, real or fake?
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