Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Was This A Close Encounter With A Thunderbird?

No information on this photo. It alleges to show hunters from the 1800s, early 1900s, with a large "thunderbird" they have shot.

The witness said that he was startled by the size of the huge flying creature. The bird stood at least four feet tall. Its head was over the roof line of his car. The head seemed dominant, but not over proportioned to its body. The neck seemed long, and somewhat crooked. The bird was covered with very dark brown or black feathers. The head was feather less, and was separated from the body by a very dominant yellowish orange collar of plumage. The beak was very long and large, and the witness believes that it was black in color. The eyes were very dark. The witness could not remember many details about the feet, but did recall that the legs were full feathered to its feather less feet. The chest area was very distinct and well formed. The most outstanding feature however was the massive wingspan of the bird. After I interviewed the witness the first time, he returned to the location of the encounter and measured the distance across the road from edge to edge. What amazed the observer was that the wingspan was easily as wide as the two lane road. When he measured the distance it was 21 feet! The witness stated,"the wings were as I can remember, as arms of a human are attached. It had shoulders. It had a very muscular upper torso and the wings were as if they were its arms." The observer commented,"We both startled each other it seems, for it looked as shocked as I was." When it became startled, it pulled its head back to gaze at the driver. "In seeing me, it turned from me and in an awkward way, ran from my vehicle so as to fly away. It was more like a jumping, hopping run which took probably a distance of five yards before it’s absolutely huge wingspan lifted it into flight. Its wingspan easily was as wide as the two lane road which we were on." The wing tips stirred dust and gravel on both sides as it ran to become airborne. Full article here.

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