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 #29: Pterodactyl sighting over Roscoe, Illinois
Submitted by Andrew
Location: Roscoe, IL
“Sadly I don’t have any photographic or video evidence for what I’ve got to share, I believe it was 1999 (right around there) it was quite a few years ago. However, it was in the middle of town at my sister inlaws house located in Roscoe IL at the time. She, my brother, and I were out on the back porch sky watching as there was supposed to be a meteor shower that night.
We were watching and saw a few streaking here and there across the night sky which was fairly clear, a few patchy sections of clouds. As we were sitting there scanning for more I looked over my shoulder to a area of sky that was looking over the roof of the house from the back yard (in a northern direction) there was slight cloud coverage that had started to block my view as I was getting ready to look elsewhere I noticed something emerge just below the cloud cover, it was quite large but hard to distinguish from itself and the dark coloring of the clouds until it had dropped a little further down. The only word I’ve got to describe it with is a pterodactyl.
I could clearly make out its silhouette and watched it flap its wings then glide for a long distance before I eventually lost sight of it in the tree line and cloud cover. I was a bit shocked and didn’t speak until it had left my view, I turned and asked if either my brother or sister had seen it.. my sister nodded her head and my brother was busy looking elsewhere but if not for her confirmation, I think I would have brushed it off after all this time. But I still do not have any idea what it could have been, and even if it were a pterodactyl, with the size of what I saw I’ve got no idea how it could survive undetected and not be seen.”
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