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Mystery creature bites, claws family's SUV

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posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 10:37 PM

Mystery creature bites, claws family's SUV

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. -- A mysterious creature leaves its mark, ripping a vehicle to pieces.

"Oh man," exclaimed 8-year-old RJ Gilliam. "I saw the car. I was like, 'What in the world happened?'"

Scratches, bite marks and holes -- that's the surprise the Gilliam family of Lincoln County found in their driveway on Sunday.

"I didn't hear anything," said SUV owner Holly Gilliam. "That scares me, too. Why didn't I hear something?"

The unknown creature destroyed the brakes.

"You know where you can get spotlights, there's big giant holes where it ripped them out," said RJ.

Whatever damaged the 2004 Saturn Vue ripped through fiberglass and caused thousands of dollars in damage.

"I can't see somebody's pet doing that," said RJ's mother.

"Maybe a bobcat or a coyote," the 8-year-old offered as possibilities.

Experts couldn't say for sure what caused the damage.

"They came out and said they'd never seen anything like it and took pictures," said Holly Gilliam.

Whatever it was, it has paws. It left its muddy prints on the hood, no bigger than tennis balls.

"I would have never thought anything could do that," said RJ. "And if it did that to the car, what could it do to me? I'm going to be in the lookout to see if anything is coming at me."

Ok so this has been bugging me for a while, what kind of animal would do this to a car?

I mean it cut the break lines and stole the fog lights.

Even if we could come up with what did this, why did it cut the brakes and steal the lights?

If you visit the link below it will take you to the article on the news site where it has a video report on it as well.

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posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 10:39 PM
Either a really mean person, or a bear.

I think if it's a "creature" it may likely be a bear, especially if there was food inside the SUV. I know bears have been known to decimate dumpsters and even move them through a small area of woods. They are very powerful.

It's also possible that some animal like a bear got to it, then someone said "Wow that car is a wreck, if I steal some parts they'll never notice."

Edit- Oh I also didn't look at the pictures. My bad. It's midnight.

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posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 10:50 PM
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Perhaps but, just seems odd. Wouldn't a bear me more likely to go to the closest door as to where the smell is coming from?

Also why would a bear try to get into a car through one fog light hole, be unsuccessful, and then try the other one?

I was reading up on how to keep your car safe from bear attacks by not leaving food or coolers in your car because bears will dent your doors and break your windows trying to get inside. See the link below to the site I got that from...

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posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 10:52 PM
I think it was a dog.

All the bites seemed down a dog...think it's a dog.

Did I already say I think it's a dog?

posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 10:56 PM
Bear have been known to rip open or chew on foam and plastic.
If it is a new suv then the plastic in the body could smell like formic acid. Ants produce formic acid and they are a food source for bears.

Could be a yearling bear that hasn't quite figured things out yet.

Or just a big ole doggie that loves to chew on stuff.

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posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 10:58 PM
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I suppose it could be a dog but, it just seems weird.

At this point I'm kinda leading to a bob cat but just seems odd still... the damage that is.

posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 11:04 PM
Am I the only one who has a problem with their story?

They stole both lights and the evidence it might have been an animal is a few small paw prints. No blood, no fur, no wires hanging out to show that the lights were ripped out and they didn't hear anything.

Plus the only one that seemed really concerned was an eight year old boy.

I don't know what happened to their vehicle, but I'm leaning away from the mystery animal theory.

posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 11:06 PM

Yeah this was talked about four days after the said incident.

Quite some good points in it though

posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 11:12 PM
reply to post by Republican08

Oh, my fault, sorry for the repost.

posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 11:15 PM

Originally posted by tenpensdown
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Oh, my fault, sorry for the repost.

I'm not sure but I don't think it's a big deal, just showing you some other opinions, it's a pretty neat incident. and bizarre

posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 11:30 PM
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Oh sorry! Thank you for the link. It was posted in breaking news and not crypto the first time which is why I did not recognize it.

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posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 11:33 PM
Okay so think outside the box here:

That's sounds a lot like the opening scene of quite a few alien movies.

The alien crash-lands and immediately begins its "preparations."

Whether it be stealing electricity from the nearby powerplant, scanning the local vehicles for disguises, stealing a farmer's skin for a body suit, or ripping the headlights off a car for.. whatever. It needed supplies and it took them from the nearest available.

Bringing this idea into correlation with the notion if that certain cliches in the human counciouseness are repeated over and over again they may manifest eventually.

...? maybe

edit: it cut the brakes because its difficult to take the lights off a moving car

- nevermind just discovered the car was parked

edit again: maybe a runaway ai robot? hahah sorry now im just having fun with it
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posted on Aug, 28 2009 @ 12:08 AM
reply to post by tenpensdown

If whatever creature this was left any teeth or chips of teeth behind in that fiberglass, you'll have your answer. A good zoologist will be able to identify the species.

A good thing to remember is that in the summer months rabies is a prevalent problem. A creature driven mad by this disease can frequently attack anything for no natural reason. Its mind and normal instincts are gone.

Most of the damage is near the ground & the paw prints aren't all that large. It might have been a wolverine or a badger; they're pugnacious, dangerous animals to begin with. Add rabies to that & one has a formidable beast indeed to deal with.

There may be some here on ATS that don't feel that there is a mundane explanation for what happened to the car. Google up "Jersey Devil".

posted on Aug, 28 2009 @ 02:52 PM
reply to post by tenpensdown

Monster Quest did analysis of the same type of damage on another vehicle. It turned out to be a dog. (I would not want to meet such an angry dog.)

posted on Aug, 28 2009 @ 08:09 PM
Try this scenario.

Rabid dog spots cat. Cat runs and rabid dog chases. Cat runs up vehicle (leaving small paw prints), dog tries to persue, cannot but scrabbles madly against vehicle, leaving scratches in finish. Cat jumps off car opposite dog, who goes around car before cat can escape. cat takes refuge in the vehicle's engine compartment. Dog madly attacks body of car in effort to reach cat, destroying lights as this is where the cat was hiding near.

posted on Aug, 28 2009 @ 08:30 PM
My analysis would be afrustrated car salesman or woman (more likely) listening to ACDC after filling out the cash for clunkers paperwork


posted on Aug, 30 2009 @ 08:58 PM
FWIW, there was a cryptid flap in this general area about 20 years ago. It was called the Carpenter's Knob Monster, or 'Knobby' for short. Probably a bear, but Knobby still turns up in Bigfoot sighting lists. WHen I saw thais story four months ago, in a local paper, I thought 'Knobby', just for old-time's sake.

posted on Sep, 5 2009 @ 01:29 PM
Ok i come up with two possibilities: 1. insurance scam. 2. some kid needed fog lights. pretty simple.

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