The legend of the giant Thunderbird has been
passed down through history for thousands of years. The Native Americans knew
him well. They have celebrated the creature to the beat of the tom-toms. They
have traced his outline in the petroglyphs on stone walls. Some of these
drawings may date back to prehistory. They have carved his likeness into
towering totem poles that tell the story of their history..
From east to west, from north to south, the legends may differ, the name may
not be the same, but all tribes speak of a giant bird that soared across the
skies. Giant birds fly the skies of ancient mythology. They flew above Egypt and may
have watched the building of the pyramids. India and China both speak of giant
birds and have given them the status of gods. In some ethnic groups, it is
believed that the Thunderbird is a man, a shapeshifter able to take on the form
of a giant bird. But these creatures are not spoken of only in the past. Sightings have
continued throughout the years. In 1925, two people visiting the Albert Rockies
reported seeing a giant bird. The bird has been seen in several northern states,
including Pennsylvania. Recent reports have the giant wings flapping above
What is the Thunderbird? The recent and continuing sightings rule out the
theory that the creature is merely a fantastic myth, a part of folklore and
legend. Could it, perhaps, be a species of vulture or condor? These are large
birds, yes, but none are as large as the gigantic birds in some of the reports. Another theory: Perhaps this is a species of dinosaur, an animal long thought
extinct, a pterodactyl, perhaps. Fossilized pterodactyls with a wingspan of 23
feet have been found, and it is estimated that some of them may have attained a
wingspan of 40 feet or more! But, until someone actually manages to capture or kill one of these giant
flying fortresses, it's all speculation. Some stories warn that these birds have
been known to take everything from deer to cats and dogs to small children.
Let's hope the ones seen in the skies above Greensburg, Pennsylvania last fall
never resort to abducting children.
The giant man-eating "Haast"s Eagle" of New Zealand really did exist according to new research, it would have weighed up to 40lbs and is thought to have hunted flightless birds such as moa and evenhuman children."A massive man-eating bird of prey from ancient Maori legend really did exist, according to new research.
Scientists have known about the existence of Haast"s eagle for over a century based on excavated bones, but the behaviour of these giant birds wasnot clear."
Cryptozoologist Karl Shuker looks back at a case from 1998 in which he received information from a University Professor on a possible stuffed thunderbird being kept in the town of Spanish, Ontario. "Karl Shuker: In 1998, I received the following fascinating information of possible relevance to North America"s ongoing thunderbird or "big bird" mystery.
And this time it involves something much more substantial than a missing thunderbird photo - nothing less, in fact, than what may be a missing stuffedthunderbird!"
More sightings of a huge flying creature, originally reported by KENS, have prompted an investigation to determine if it is a monster or myth. "Even though it was dark, the thing itself was black. The blackest I"d ever seen," said Frank Ramirez. Years ago, Ramirez thought he was after a prowler in the back of his mother"s Southwest Side home. But what greeted him on the garage rooftop still gives him goosebumps now. "That"s when the thing up there turned to me, and it was in a perched state, and it started to turn," he said. "It started to move its arms and this giant blackness was just coming out. At thatpoint, I dropped the stick and I ran." Ramirez sketched a drawing of the large, bird-like creature.
The image is disturbing, and similar to dozens of sightings across San Antonio and South Texas. "If you were to take a man"s face and pull his chin down, just like a stretched face," said Ramirez. "I was just terrified and as I was running. I just thought it was going to carry me off or something." An earlier KENS story about a large, prehistoric-like bird drew more than 100,000 hits on MySanAntonio.com. More than a few people in San Antonio came forward to say they"d seen the creature, too. One woman contacted KENS by e-mail, saying that because of our story, she now knows she"s not crazy. KENS caught up withcryptozoologist Ken Gerhard at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Gerhard recently wrote a book, called "Modern Sightings of Flying Monsters" on the large, dark birds. "When investigating mystery animals, it"s important to point out that there are vast areas of land, even here in South Texas, that remain uninhabited," said Gerhard. "If an animal like big bird does exist, it certainly needs some habitat, somewhere to hide.