Each year, from 15,000 to 18,000 new species of animals are found around the world and classified using the latest DNA tests. As it happens, there are still extinct or even unknown creatures on Earth. So, what happens when the legendary becomes ordinary or better said: what happens when creatures that are believed to have died out get into the picture?
North American indigenous peoples often sculpted totems, told stories, and sang about the great Thunderbirds. These legendary creatures were portrayed as large birds capable of creating thunderstorms with the beating of their huge wings, which were measured by at least 20 feet.
It was believed that they live on desert mountain peaks and are servants of the Great Spirit of the World. Although these creatures usually worshiped, indigenous peoples feared them because of their anger, and most of the time they tried not to cross the Thunderbirds’ path.
In today’s world, Thunderbirds are associated with Pteranodon, the genus Pterosaurs, which included some of the most famous reptiles known. Fossil remains have been found mainly in North America, more precisely in present-day Kansas, Alabama, Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota.
But what is the point, if these flying birds disappeared millions of years ago? Well, in fact, they do not. For more than 200 years, residents of the mentioned areas reported several incidents involving huge birds with lizard features, very similar to extinct pterosaurs.
In the 1950s a strange photograph appeared, which caused quite a stir in the United States. She showed an unknown event as a result of the civil war in the US in 1864. Near the city of Vicksburg, a huge bird, distinct from any known species at that time, stood under the feet of six American soldiers equipped with rifled muskets.
It had a remarkable wing span, along with a long beak and an unfamiliar head. Is it possible that this creature really was one of the famous Thunderbirds portrayed by American indigenous peoples?
In another report of 25 July 1977, an incident was reported involving three children from Lawndale, Illinois. They told how two giant birds chased them until one of them grabbed his ten-year-old friend Marlon Lowe. The bird had long legs with distinct claws, and he managed to grab the boy and lift him about two feet from the ground before he was released as a result of his struggle.
The local authorities were informed of the incident, but did not pay too much attention until four fingerprints were found about half a mile from the area where the boys were being persecuted.
Since our planet has many unknown and inaccessible places, we believe that these beings exist today. We could consider the hypothesis of its disappearance, but because of its predatory features and impressive proportions, it is difficult to believe that it could not survive.
Despite the fact that recent reports of such birds have not appeared, known cases along with the symbols embedded in the culture of Native Americans can prove that these legendary birds have surpassed the test of time and managed to preserve their appearance for millions of years.
If they are found, it remains a matter of time, but with all the technical progress in this century, it is likely that the magnificent Thunderbirds will someday open, and I hope that witnesses will live to tell about it.