You've heard of Bigfoot, right? Texas has it's own cryptids, including it's own bigfoot and more.

Cryptids

I have never heard of this cryptid until today. First, a cryptid is described as "an animal that is claimed to exist but never proven to exist". Most cryptids exit within the realm of what you or I might call monsters, though benign ones at that. Again, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster would be considered cryptids.

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Something New, Yet Old

I have heard of the West Virginia Mothman before. The legend is so ingrained in the area they've even erected a 12-foot statue as a tourist attraction. I really never gave this legend much thought, until I heard there was a similar sighting in Texas. The very fact that sightings happened in two areas of the country somehow makes it much more real to me.

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The Houston Batman

Hold onto the rails, because this ride is about to get intense. In 1953 a woman and two friends saw a giant shadow that she initially mistook for a moth in the streetlight. Whatever it was, it flew up into a nearby pecan tree.  In the tree she saw a large man-shaped figure which she described as about 6 1/2 foot tall in black or grey clothes with bat-like wings. She also said their was a weird yellow glow around it.

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The Batman Moves

The story gets stranger because the woman claimed the the figure lingered and swayed on a tree branch for about thirty seconds, then disappeared. She then they heard a "swoosh sound" over the nearby rooftops along with a white flash. She was so convinced that she witnessed something spectacular and unusual that she reported the incident to the police

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So What Was It?

In Texas we have a saying and it's, "Don't get me to lyin'". I think it's very easy to confuse a bear on two legs or even another human as a bigfoot. I have no idea what to make of a flying man. I can't even think of any birds or bats out there this size, and if there was, what about the yellow glow? So for right now, The Houston Batman will remain a mystery.

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