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Maine monster mystery
August 18, 2006 - 10:39AM

It was evil, evil looking. And it had a horrible stench I will never forget

A snap of the mystery animal in Maine.
Photo: Michelle O'Donnell

It's the Maine event - a mystery beast that's been a local legend for half a generation.

Now residents in Turner, Maine, in the US are wondering if an animal found dead last weekend may be the mysterious creature that has mauled dogs and frightened residents.

The animal was found near power lines along Route 4 on Saturday, apparently struck by a car while chasing a cat.

The carcass was photographed and inspected by several people who live in the area, but nobody is sure exactly what it is.

Michelle O'Donnell of Turner spotted the animal near her yard about a week before it was killed. She called it a "hybrid mutant of something."

"It was evil, evil looking. And it had a horrible stench I will never forget," she told the Sun Journal of Lewiston. "We locked eyes for a few seconds and then it took off. I've lived in Maine my whole life and I've never seen anything like it."

For the past 15 years, residents across Androscoggin County have reported seeing and hearing a mysterious animal with chilling monstrous cries and eyes that glow in the night.

The animal has been blamed for attacking and killing a doberman pinscher and a rottweiler the past couple of years.

People from Litchfield, Sabattus, Greene, Turner, Lewiston and Auburn have come forward to speak of a mystery monster that roams the woods.

Nobody knows for sure what it is, and theories have ranged from a hyena or dingo to a fisher or coydog, an offspring of a coyote and a wild dog.

Now, people are asking if the mystery beast and the animal killed over the weekend are one and the same.

Wildlife officials and animal control officers declined to go to Turner to examine the remains. By Tuesday, the carcass had been picked clean by vultures and there was not much left of the dead animal.

Loren Coleman, a Portland author and cryptozoologist, said it's unlikely that the animal was anybody's pet.

After reviewing photos of the carcass, Coleman said he was bothered by the animal's ears and snout. It reminded him of a case years ago in northern Maine in which an animal shot by a hunter could not be identified.

In the end, wildlife officials got a DNA analysis that showed the animal was a rare wolf-dog hybrid, he said.

Mike O'Donnell, who is married to Michelle O'Donnell, said the animal looked "half-rodent, half-dog" to him.

It was charcoal gray, weighed between 40 and 50 pounds and had a bushy tail, a short snout, short ears and curled fangs hanging over its lips, he said. It looked like "something out of a Stephen King story."

"This is something I've never seen before. It's an evil-looking thing," he said

I am going mystery hunting in the North East, and you are all invited. elsewhereangel you don't get a choice, we need a librarian.

i want a cigarette


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 22nd, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
So you're Buffy and homewardangel is Giles. Can I be Faith?
Aug. 22nd, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
LMAO - reading his post I didn't even think of Buffy - duh. Made me think of the movie, The Mummy.

Looking at that image, my first thought was the Gamok from the Neverending Story.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
The Mummy was the best ever example of a roleplaying game made into a movie as played by my friends. I am usually the mysterious Ahmed Bey famous for the "i told you not to touch that" warnings.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
I would have thought you'd be down with being Julian, Dick, or Anne, George or Timmy the dog :)

I don't have the legs to pull off Buffy :) Yes you can be Faith.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
i *do* however have much better legs than giles.

but im still happy to be a librarian on such a quest.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
i hear Giles has a smashing set and would frequently not wear trousers on set just to show them off.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
i will be equally trouser-bound to avoid outshining yours, buffy.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
sounds like a hoot. I'm game. OH, we can go after the Mothman and the Jersey devil also!
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