To me, more weird than unidentified bat-like creatures in the United States is the idea that “the evolution of feathers could have taken place in a species that was the ancestor of pterosaurs and dinosaurs.” I don’t believe that; nevertheless, the following web site I found noteworthy, for it included a sighting that I had not yet heard of.
The eyewitness lives in or near Tacoma, Washington.
We have seen and heard a strange nocturnal, bat-like creature . . . huge, light grey, skin with no fur, feathers or scales. It silently swoops down at you with giant bat wings. . . . We keep our chickens and goats, small dogs and cats safely housed at night, however two of our cats who sneaked out one night onto the roof disappeared without a trace of fur, blood or any evidence of what exactly happened. They wouldn’t run away, and our outdoor watch dogs don’t allow any coyotes or ground traveling predators anywhere near us.
There were two of them together [strange flying creatures] and they seemed fearless of me when they swooped down at me more than once and returned way up to the top of the highest trees. I couldn’t get a look at the faces or eyes, mainly the huge grey bat wings approximately [four foot wingspans] are what I could see. . . .
Locals don’t seem to know about them. I might ask the local native American Indian tribes to see if they know anything about these creatures. . . . We see regular little common bats all of the time after dusk, so we know what they are like. We know owls, hawks, eagles and all of the normal flying creatures around here and these others are definitely out of the ordinary.
“I was 15 yrs old [when] I saw two ropens together sitting on a fence. I was riding my bike home from a friend’s house around 5 pm . . . on a wood plank fence were two of the biggest bird-like creatures I could ever imagine! I almost crashed my bike!”
Look at the details in eyewitness accounts, for details often shoot down the misidentified-fruit-bat conjecture. A long tail mocks that interpretation, as does fish-eating and hanging right-side-up on a tree trunk. A giant size may also shoot down the Flying Fox [misidentification conjecture], especially when the wingspan is estimated at over twenty feet. In addition, that long horn at the back of the head—that indicates a non-fruit-bat, for that bat has nothing like that pterosaur-like appendage.
In the United States, bats do not grow to be larger than the Flying Fox fruit bat of the tropics. Neither do bats glow brightly with heads several feet long and sometimes with reports of very long tails. But some pterosaur-like flying creatures sometimes are seen to fly where much smaller bats fly, and those sightings are in various of the forty-eight contiguous states of the U.S.A.
Early in 2008, I was shocked by the death of the cryptozoologist Scott Norman. On learning of his living-pterosaur sighting (he saw one just months before his natural death), I was again shocked: While assisting the “expedition” team that included Guessman and Woetzel, Norman saw a large (not giant) pterosaur-like creature not in Papua New Guinea but in the United States of America. . . . The bats that were flying where investigators regularly saw ropen-like-flashes were obviously not fruit bats of Papua New Guinea; they are one or more species of bats “common” (not necessarily numerous) in the Western United States.
That particular large flying creature seen by Scott Norman, however, was no bat. Circumstantial evidence suggests some large pterosaurs or pterosaur-like animals catch and eat bats in the U.S.A.
This book might make a few Americans uneasy to walk alone at night; my intention, however, is . . . to enlighten as many readers as possible to know about live-pterosaur investigations. Those who’ve been shocked at the sight of a flying creature that “should” be extinct—those eyewitnesses, more numerous than most Americans would guess, need no longer be afraid that everyone will think them crazy, and no longer need they feel alone. Those of us who’ve listened to the American eyewitnesses, we who have interviewed them, we now believe.
“In Papua New Guinea, it is known by many names: ‘ropen,’ ‘duwas,’ ‘indava,’ and ‘kor.’ But what shocks many Americans and Europeans are eyewitness reports that these supposedly ‘ancient’ and ‘extinct’ flying creatures are alive and well and even flying over our heads on rare occasions.”
When an eyewitness of an apparent pterosaur describes the flying creature using the word “bat,” it often comes from the appearance of the wings: featherless. The head of the above creature (sketched by the eyewitness Patty Carson) makes it quite different from any known bat. It looks much more like a pterosaur, with the long head crest. The teeth make it obviously no bird. Words that come to mind might include “weird” and maybe, only just maybe “bat-like.”
From the Introduction of Live Pterosaurs in America (third edition – non-fiction book):
. . . please consider the feelings of those who have revealed to us their encounters with what seem to be live pterosaurs, for some of them have suffered more than discomfort. I intend to comfort those innocent victims who have been ridiculed or ostracized because of a cultural weakness, for each has seen something unaccepted by their society. Each eyewitness deserves listeners who will open their minds, really listen. Consider their experiences.
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