If abduction by aliens or running into Bigfoot wasn’t bad enough, now we need to watch the skies for a giant bird that snatches people from the ground. According to a report, a gigantic bird was spotted around Pennsylvania, once more raising the prospect that the legendary Thunderbird may be flying across North American once again.
The report surfaced in February, but the sighting took place in May 2013. Two friends were walking in the woods near Bryn Athen Castle. They heard a noise above and looked up. To their horror, a huge, black bird hovered overhead. It flew a hundred feet away to a nearby branch and perched. The boys estimated the creature’s wingspan was ten feet wide, and it stood about four feet tall while rested on the perch.
The sighting isn’t the first account of a giant bird in the Pennsylvania skies. In September 2001, a 19-year-old saw an ‘enormous winged creature’ with a ten to fifteen foot wingspan flying over Route 119 in South Greensburg. The witness described the sound of the bird’s flight as ‘flags flapping in a thunderstorm’. The giant bird glided fifty to sixty feet over his head, flapping slowly. After roughly ninety seconds of flight, it landed on a tree branch, the weight almost breaking it from the trunk.
Another report from June and July 2001, in Greenville, Pennsylvania, claimed a grayish-black creature with a feathered body and a fifteen-foot wingspan flew through the sky for twenty minutes. At first, it was mistaken for a small plane or ultra-light.
Are these sightings hoaxes or is it possible that the Thunderbird, discussed widely in the folklore and history of the Native American tribes across North America, still lives today?