Researcher and author Stan Gordon - about whose work you can learn more at his website, www.stangordon.info - sent me the following yesterday afternoon:
Odd 4-Legged Animal Observed Near Pittsburgh
On June 18, 2011, a witness reported the observation of a very strange animal not far from Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh near the Allegheny River. It was about 8 AM that morning as the witness stood on her back porch and observed an animal unlike anything she had ever seen before.
The witness is quite familiar with the wildlife in the area such as coyotes, and even fox. Her comment to me was, “This animal was so bizarre.” The animal was observed as it cantered down a road just a few yards above her nearby roadway. The woman explained that this animal’s movements were not that of a trot or gallop, but an actual canter like that of a horse.
The animal stood about 2 feet tall, and was “too big, for a cat”. The witness also stated that it was not a dog, and didn’t move like a fox or a coyote. The animal, which was observed for about 45 seconds, was estimated to weigh about 35 pounds and was about 2 ½ feet long. The creature was very thin and streamlined, but did not look to be starving or emaciated. The animal looked either hairless, or had very short hair about 1/8 inches long. The entire body was of a pale tan cream beige color. The witness explained that the color was not a pink fleshy color, either.
The observer was able to see a pointy snout and pointy ears as well, and it had a cat-like face. The tail, which was about as long as the body (2 ½ feet), was hairless and skinny. The last 6 inches of the tail curved slightly upwards. The creature moved about 75 yards down the middle of the road, then moved to the right side toward a guard rail. It then changed direction and went to the left where it went into a wooded area. A dead wild duck was reported to have been found mutilated a few days later in the same area.
The witness went on the Internet to try to identify the animal in question. She came across a website with photographs depicting a strange creature which had been killed in a western state known as a “chupacabra.” She said what she saw looked very similar.
Nick: Do we know which "chupa" picture she found similar?
No, but I'll see if I can find out.
There have been cats decapitated, deer skinned, an animal staked to the railroad tracks, a raccoon put in a box, and the cat bodies were in plastic bags. Did the chupa do that too?
I'm especially curious about the location. "near Sharpsburg" does that mean she lives in Etna, O'Hara Township, Fox Chapel, Aspinwall or where? you are either in or out of an area, all the adjacent communities are incorporated, populated and named. any chance you can find out a more exact location so we locals can do some (non violent) chupa hunting? thanks (ps enjoyed reading your interview with the blogsquatcher.)
it sounds like a fossa, but they live in Madagascar, but people have been known to try to make them house pets. Maybe he is an "escapee"?
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