Okay, ATS... I have a true story to share with you; but before you reply, I would appreciate it if you would read the source text I have provided. I
didn't have a camera at age 10 to take pictues, or record the sound of this thing; all I have is my word that this is true.
Take it, or leave it; It Happened!
There was a creature that used to run past my window when I was around the age of 10 years old. My bedroom was on one end of the house, and my parents
bedroom was on the other end, with my sister's room in between the two.
During the winter of 1967 (?) a creature of some type would start running at the other end of the house (at my parents bedroom), and run past the
When it reached my window it sounded like it took flight with very large wings; I could hear them flapping as it went airborne.
As it ran it sounded like horse hooves, but only with two legs, which was very loud! (I never could figure out why my parents and sister were never
awakened by it.)
The sound it made when it screamed (if this was it) was unlike anything the old-timers in the area had ever heard! They had heard panthers, bobcats,
etc. all their lives, and they said this was not a cat, or anything they had ever heard! To me it sounded exactly like a pteranodon!
I never did look out my window to see what it was... I was too frightened! I also felt like it knew I was there... and it was there because of me.
The adults in the area were afraid to go outside at night, and my parents wouldn't allow me to play outside during the day.
Also, another interesting fact: My neighbor had a pig sliced open on it's belly during this time with only the liver missing! He said the cut was
smooth, like it could have been a very sharp knife. ( Probably the creature's razor-sharp claws! )
The "visitations" happened every night for several weeks, or more.
One night when there was snow on the ground, I got lucky and saw where it had left footprints in the snow. They were shaped like a bird, sort of;
about a foot long, or more, with three long appendages in front and one going out in the back. I showed the footprints to my sister and she was amazed
I don't remember sharing that information with my parents.... they already thought I was nuts anyway! Ha! ( I had a lot of strange experiences growing
up. See my thread in my signature.)
Now, I have come across this information where others have described a similar creature, and I have to wonder...
Author, Maxwell Igan, states:
" Frank Mellard was the Chief Magistrate for the Kasempa district of Northern Rhodesia from 1911 until 1922 and also a respected scholar and
explorer. In one section of his book he describes a tribe of natives known as the ‘Kaonde’ who live in the Jiundu swamps in North-West Zambia
reporting that the tribe lived in fear of a terrifying winged monster that inhabited the depths of a nearby section of swamp. The natives called the
beast a ‘Kongomato’ which means ‘the overwhelmer of boats’ and they describe the creature as not being so much like a bird, but rather more
like a huge lizard but with large membranous wings that spanned around 4 to 7 feet, similar looking to those of a bat. They say it has no plumage and
leathery skin, reddish in colour. The natives told Mellard that they believed it has a beak that also contained teeth but readily admitted that no-one
had actually seen it close enough to be really sure and lived to tell any tales about it." There are a number of other explorers who have lent
corroboration to Mellards’ strange tale of flying beasts from Zambia too."
An interesting comment is made by A. Blayney Percival in his book entitled, ‘A Game Warden on Safari’
that was published in 1928.
When writing of a conversation he had with some local natives in Kenya, Blayney states:
“… the Kitui Wakumba tell of a huge flying beast which comes down from Mount Kenya by night; they only see it against the sky, but they have
seen its tracks; more, they have shown these to a white man, who told me about them, saying, he could make nothing of the spoor, which betrayed two
feet and an, apparently, heavy tail.”
Another tale containing similarities to Mallards’ story were also recorded in ‘A Game Warden Takes Stock’ by Colonel C.R.S. Pittman published in
“When in Northern Rhodesia I heard of a mythical beast which intrigued me considerably. It was said to haunt formerly, and perhaps still to
haunt, a dense, swampy forest region in the neighbourhood of the Angola and Congo borders. To look upon it is death. But the most amazing feature of
this mystery beast is its suggested identity with a creature bat-bird-like in form on a gigantic scale strangely reminiscent of the prehistoric
pterodactyl. From whence does the primitive African derive such a fanciful idea?”
edit on 4/11/2013 by sled735 because: (no reason given)