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.
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Six-Foot “Raccoon Man” encountered in Sugar Creek, Missouri
Location: Sugar Creek Missouri
Date: March, 2020
“So I was walking to work (I’m a high school teacher) after visiting my aging grandmother who lives in the location. I took this backroad alleyway behind the house since it was a shortcut and I love the scenery there. It was around six in the morning so it was still kinda dark.
The way the alleyway was is that its a tiny single lane road with trees around it and I was headed west towards the community garden. I heard some chittering sounds so I assumed it was a bird or something. I heard a trashcan fall over, ‘just the neighbors’ dog rummaging through the trash’, I thought.
I saw something behind a tree and it looked like it was trying to hide from me. It chittered at me and made a mad dash across the pavement into the other trees, and I didn’t see much of it, but it was at least six feet tall and had black stripes on its body.
It stood upright and had four fingered hands and was bow legged. It managed to scratch the strap of my satchel when it ran and the claw marks looked more precise, not rugged. I don’t know if it tried to attack me or it was scared of me and brushed the strap on accident when it ran away.
I tried telling my buddy about it, but he was sarcastic about it, so I assumed no one else would believe me. I only found out about this website today so I figured I would share my experience with the “Raccoon Man”, as I dubbed him.”Submitted by Mike on Apr 21, 2020, 1:16 PM