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 #30: Pterodactyl Sighting over Peoria, Illinois
Submitted by Cheryl
Location: West Middle Road, Peoria, Il.
“When I was about 6 years old, I seen a very large bird flying across the sky. It was huge, it’s head was shaped oddly (compared to birds I had seen). I ran to tell my mom, but I didn’t know how to really describe it to her, because I had never heard of a pterodactyls. I just told her I had seen a very large bird that covered a lot of the sky. Her reply was that it had to be an airplane if it was that big.
We lived about a half mile from the Peoria Airport. I knew it wasn’t a plane, because it was flapping it’s wings and it looked like it was in slow motion, not to mention the odd shaped head. Years later I learned about the pterodactyl in school and when I had seen the picture of it, I knew that was what I had seen. Because the head was identical to what I had seen when I was six and that would explain why the bird I had seen was so big. Of course, no one believed me. But to this day, I know what my eyes had seen, I was just too young to know what it was called.”
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