Bat Beast of Kent
In 1963, four British teens saw a UFO land in a nearby forest, but what started happening next was much more bizzare.
On the evening of November 16, 1963, 17-year old John Flaxton, 18-year old Mervyn Hutchinson and two other friends were walking home from a party on Sandling Road in the county of Kent — a region apparently full of cryptozoological and paranormal activity — when they saw a silent, glowing, orb-like object descending from the sky.
The unusual, self illuminated, ovoid object, which was described as being just a few meters in diameter, hovered above a field. It eventually made its way behind the trees and settled into the woods at Sandling Park.
While the teenagers were still stunned, because of the encounter, something much more unsettling would soon grab their attention. Moments after the extraordinary craft apparently landed behind the trees, the teens noticed a shaking in the brush and what came out was one of the most unique “varmints” ever to be mentioned in ufology.
Later the four eyewitnesses would explain that an erratic, shambling, quasi-humanoid figure emerged from the woods and waddled towards them. The beast apparently looked like a headless bat that was approximately 5-feet tall, with large webbed feet and wings protruding from its back.
In Hutchinson’s own words:
“It didn’t seem to have any head. There were huge wings on its back… like bat wings.”
The group of friends, understandably overwhelmed with terror and adrenaline, sprinted away from the freakish bat-thing and made their way to the nearest police station. Once there they related their tale to what one must assume were highly skeptical officers. Flaxton would later state that he had “felt cold all over” during the episode.
Less than a week later, on the 21st of November, a young man named Keith Croucher confirmed the teens’ claim of an object soaring over Kent, when announced that he too had seen a oddly shaped craft hovering over the local soccer field, not far from where Flaxton and his friends had claimed to have their encounter with a UFO and its occupant .
On November 23rd, John McGoldrick decided that the reports coming from Sandling Park were simply too outrageous to be ignored. So, after soliciting the help of an unnamed friend, McGoldrick and his cohort made their way to the site of all the unusual goings on, hoping perchance to have a face to face encounter with the strange alien creature.
Once inside the wooded area, McGoldrick claimed that he and his companion discovered no less than three “footprints” — each 24-inches long and nine inches across. He also stated that they had stumbled across a area where the foliage bracken had been flattened, as if by some tremendous weight.
McGoldrick’s claims caught the ear of the local press, who were no doubt eager to feed the public’s ever growing appetite for new information regarding this strange phenomenon. To that end, the newsmen accompanied McGoldrick back to the scene of the “weirdness” on December 11th.
While the reporters did not manage to turn up any new evidence, it was stated that thickets were still bathed in an eerie glow, which continued for some days before subsiding. The case was reported in scads of newspapers as well as a 1971 issue of “Flying Saucer Review,” under the title the “Saltwood Mystery,” due to its proximity to the area.
In the 1970s, ufologist Chris Wolfe also re-opened the case of this almost avian anomaly. According to records, he interviewed Flaxton and also inspected the scene of the unearthly encounter.
Following his investigation, Wolfe came to the dubious conclusion that what Flaxton, Hutchinson and their chums actually saw was an ordinary crow oddly illuminated by the flashing of an electric train passing not far away in the chilled autumnal air. He apparently did not attempt to explain, however, how the crow managed to appear to be nearly 5-feet in height, web footed or headless. Other skeptics have even more dubiously suggested that the quartet saw nothing more than a scarecrow.
Thus ends the apparent saga of the Bat Beast of Kent, but it has been pointed out by numerous investigators that — as unusual as this creature’s description was — it bears an uncanny resemblance to its British crypto-cousin (and Cornwall’s most famous monster) the Owlman.
The headless, bat-like description also begs comparison to a bizarre, yet eerily common, breed of cryptid that includes West Virginia’s Mothman, Germany’s Freiburg Shreiker, China’s Man-Dragon and the former Soviet Union’s Black Bird of Chernobyl —
While, admittedly, none of the young eyewitnesses saw the thing actually exit the UFO, one would be hard pressed to deny at least some connection between the unusual aircraft seen landing in the woods at Sandling Park and the monster that soon was sighted… and ever after into the lore of both ufology and cryptozoology.
Mexico: Lens-Shaped UFO over MCIA
Source: Alfonso Salazar
Mexico: Lens-Shaped UFO over MCIA
We have received the following information and image from aviation technician Alfonso Salazar: “A luminous UFO flying over the airport this Saturday, 14 April 2018, the time being 9:00 in the evening. I, Alfonso Salazar, in the company of three aviation technicians, witnessed a very bright flying object flying over Mexico City International Airport. The UFO was flying from West to East and beyond our atmosphere, according to calculations. It radiated an intense white light. The sighting lasted some 15 seconds before the UFO simply dimmed its light, becoming a shadow moving across the sky. Five minutes later, another object passed, projecting an intermittent white light, flying from north to south at an altitude of 50 feet. These were UFOs, without question. Atmospheric conditions were very good.”
I was looking, online, for a copy of the ghost photo sent to me by Bruce Duensing shortly before he died. (I can’t find my copy.)
In so doing I was aghast at how many web-sites and blogs – many quite remarkable and interesting (many of which were by Bruce or aligned with him) – that are no longer extant.
The comments were often (usually) paltry – something I’m familiar with – but the postings juicy and thought-provoking.
And as I’ve noted, here, often, UFO buffs are loath to support UFO sites, many now using Facebook for their interactions with other UFO enthusiasts, few on Facebook also.
The UFO topic is in a state of decline, despite the recent Pentagon kerfuffle.
But I wasn’t expecting the decline to be so tsunamic, so entropic:
“Entropy is the general trend of the universe toward death and disorder. —James R. Newman
A process of degradation or running down or a trend to disorder…
The deterioration of copy editing and proof-reading, incidentally, is a token of the cultural entropy that has overtaken us in the postwar years. —John Simon” [From the internet, Webster’s Dictionary]
We UFO fanatics are in decline – many UFO geezers (and not) going into the setting sun.
Kevin Randle, at his blog [kevinrandle.blogspot.com] consistently finds evidence that the U.S. military continued to be involved with UFOs, long after its alleged forfeiture of the phenomenon subsequent to the 1968 Condon report.
And the recent disclosure of the 2007 to 2012 (and ongoing?) Pentagon study of UFOs indicates that some U.S. government or military personnel are still interested in finding out what UFOs are.