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" 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."
“… 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.”
“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?”
Even America has its fair share of similar tales. As a point of interest, the largest pteranodon skeleton ever found was retrieved in fossil form, from Big Bend National Park in North America. The creature sported a wingspan of an impressive 51 feet making it the largest flying reptile remains ever found. A number of Pterodon remains have been retrieved from the Big Bend area so we know they inhabited the area once and another interesting fact is that almost every Indian tribe in continental America, both north and South all have tribal legends of flying monsters. According Hatcher-Childress in ‘Lost Cities…’ many have stories of: “…a gigantic flying monsters.
Firstly, on December 24th in 1975 a man, by the name of Joe Suarez, woke up to find his tethered goat had been ripped to shreds and partial devoured yet strangely, no tracks could be found that led either led to or from the carcass. What had killed the animal was a total mystery to the man. Local police were called but could also find no trace of tracks or footprints to identify the unknown assailant. Then, 21 days later, at 10.30 in the evening, on January 14th, 1976, and in the same town a young man called Armando Grimaldo was sitting with his Mother in their backyard when he was suddenly attacked viciously by a ‘strange winged creature.’ Armando apparently told the Raymondville press that as he walked around to the far side of the house, he felt something with big claws grab him from behind and that he looked back to see what it was then began running for his life, claiming it to be the most scared he has ever been. Armando kept running to reach the cover of his Mothers house, stumbling and sprawling as the beast kept clutching at his clothes and trying to get hold of him as he ran. Unable to reach the house, he was forced to dive under a low bush to escape the creature, his clothes now all but torn to shreds. The beast hovered about the bush a little and then flew off panting as if tired from the exertion. Eventually the boy collapsed through the door of his Mothers house and onto the floor, his clothes torn and bloodied muttering ‘bird’ over and over again in Spanish. He was taken to hospital and treated for minor wounds and shock before being later released. Armando Grimaldo describes his attacker as being about 6 feet tall, blackish-brown leathery skin, a wingspan of 10 to 12 feet and large red eyes.
A short time later, on that very same night, on the outskirts of the nearby town of Brownsville, which is also on the Rio Grande, a creature exactly matching its description crashed into the side of a mobile-home owned by a Mr. Alverico Guajardo. He quickly went outside to investigate the incident and noticed a large creature of some kind on the ground next to his wall. So he got inside his station-wagon and flicked on his headlights for a better look. Guajardo described what as saw as looking like ‘a creature from hell.’ The beast was apparently startled by the lights because, according to Guajardo, as soon as his headlights struck the creature it rose up from the ground turning to glare at him with huge red eyes and began making ‘a horrible sounding noise in its throat.” He reports that the creature then continued regarding him menacingly for 2 or 3 minutes with its wings drawn up and ‘wrapped around its shoulders’ before slowly backing out of the light and disappearing into the night. He says that the beast was truly terrifying and at the time, he was almost paralysed with fear at the sight of it. In January of 1976, another bizarre incident was reported by two sisters named Deany and Libby Ford who saw what they described as a “Huge and strange, big black bird” at a pond just outside of Brownsville, Texas. The sisters say that the creature was as tall as they were and had a face like a bat. When they were later show a book containing pictures of prehistoric animals both sisters identified the creature they had seen as being a Pterodon.
Originally posted by sled735
all I have is my word that this is true.
Originally posted by MrSpad
I thought Pteranondon's were sea birds that had no teeth and would dive for fish. Also I think they walked and ran on all fours not just their hind legs. Something else perhaps? Why not a large modern bird?
Originally posted by sled735
reply to post by rickymouse
Thanks for your reply. I'm happy to see someone else has seen something similar. Well... I didn't actually see it, and I'm glad I didn't look, because one of the quotes said to look at it meant certain death!
To me it sounded exactly like a pteranodon!
Originally posted by CosmicCitizen
I apologize if I missed it but where did you live when this happened?
Any chance that it was a giant condor?