Eleven years ago on the eleventh day of the eleventh month…
November 11, 1995, Zacapa, Guatemala – During a spate of bizarre animal killings in the area, Alicia Fajardo encountered a strange winged creature on her property at around one o’clock in the morning. She described it as about four feet tall, with large bat-like wings, huge oval-shaped eyes, and a large mouth with huge protruding fangs. It was covered with dark hair and had a tail and claw-like feet. The creature flew away in an upward spiral emitting a strange humming sound. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1995, case # 2565, citing Jorge Martin, Evidencia OVNI, issue #12).
November 11, 1995 – On this night in El Rosario, Puerto Rico farmer Elliot Feliciano fired his gun at a large creature that jumped the fence surrounding his home. He described the creature as between 3 to 4 feet tall, endowed with large eyes, and having what appeared to be wings. A large goat was also found dead and mutilated in the area. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1995, case # 3143, citing Scott Corrales).
Today, most of these would be lumped in the “Chupacabras” file, no doubt, if seen in a Latin country. In West Virginia, they might be called something else.
More on Mothman in the coming days…on the 40th anniversary of the “first” sightings in West Virginia, and the enduring influence of John A. Keel on the stories.