The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word cryptid as “An animal whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated, such as the yeti.” For the following witnesses to living cryptids, there is no dispute. In this series of National Cryptid Society’s case files, you will read what the witnesses have experienced in their own words.
Keep an open mind when reading these accounts, and also remember one’s perception and memory of an event can be influenced by the emotions felt at the time of the occurrence. The contributors to this series of articles are doing the best they can to recount what are in some cases very shocking and traumatic experiences.
If you have a personal cryptid sighting story you would like to tell us, our contact information is at the bottom of this article.
NCS Case File #10: Gnome-Like Creature in Tampico Tamaulipas Mexico
Submitted by creeped_out31
This happened to me, my little brother and cousin I was about 14 years old and it was around dusk. We decided to go play basketball at the outside courts it was still daylight when we first got there and we usually start heading home about dusk or when the court lights come on, it was only a few blocks away from our grandma’s house. When the lights come on is usually when the bigger kids get the court to play, but this time we were fortunate enough to have the whole court to ourselves.
We were shooting hoops like normal nothing out of the ordinary and the lights came on. But we were having fun anyways, the game was 21 so two of us would stand to the side of the hoop depending on which direction the ball would go so it wouldn’t roll to the street.
On one of these shots that my cousin made ball just missed the hoop and bounced behind it. I managed to grab it before leaving the court when I saw a strange creature. It was like a little person no bigger than 2 feet, it had the face of an old man with a fairly large nose [and] old ragged clothes that looked like they were handmade and a hat something like a garden gnome would were one of those pointy hats but it wasn’t straight up it hanged down to the side.
It was crouched down almost like in hiding and when I got too close to it that’s when it stood up looked at me and ran away from me believe me my first thought was not to chase it. I was scared stiff but my cousin and little brother saw it too and ran. When it ran it was headed for the other side of the court. I couldn’t believe the speed of it for this thing; to be so small it made it to the other side in mere seconds almost a blink of an eye. It ran behind the post and it was gone.
I snapped out of it and I started to run home as well. As I ran past that same post this thing ran behind I turned to look to see if it was there but it was gone. When I got home my little brother and cousin had already told the adults there what had happened and they told us that these creatures are called Duendes.”
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