I recently received an email from a man in Windhoek, Namibia (southwestern Africa). A few weeks ago, just after breakfast, at about 10:00 a.m., while sitting in his garden, he saw what he first thought was a large gliding bird. He later thought it more like a “prehistoric animal.”
[It was] moving its wings very, very slowly, very much as we see raptors or eagles do when they circle in the air scanning the land for prey. I paid attention to the wings as it would allow for identification – but this bird did not have any feathers, at least not any spread primary feathers (as eagles often show).
It looked more like a large bat with distinctly brightly coloured (yellow-brown, orange?) protrusions, where birds have carpal joints (like some ‘spur-winged birds’). It showed a long, very long, slim neck (like of cranes or flamingos), with a thickening in the middle . . . ending into a long beak (like storks). At the joint of the neck to the wing (or body) there was a type of thickening or collar (like the fluffy doughnut collar of a ‘white backed vulture’).
The overall colour . . . was bright (whitish?). The colour of the body-and-wings was brownish, with a lighter patch of greenish-brown covering 3/4 of the underside of the wings (form of patch like can be seen on the underside of the wings of a ‘bat hawk’). . . . I cannot remember details of the tail, but thought that two legs and a strange looking longer tail or appendix were visible, parallel to one another.
. . . Estimated altitude of bird above ground (based on comparison to small planes taking-off from or landing at the small airport of Windhoek) was about 200+ metres. For the wingspan I would venture to say (based on comparison with again overflying aeroplanes’ wingspan . . . that it was half of that of a small plane’s wing span . . .
I am a Belgian national, retired from a 40 years career with the Namibian public service in the field of [a specific technical field. Identity is being protected for this eyewitness].
In 1942, a flying-snake like animal swooped down from a cave in the vicinity of a farm near Kirris West sixty miles east of Keetmanshoop, in southwest Namibia. The flying snake, or whatever it was, frightened Michael Esterhuise, a farmhand, severely, and left a trace on the ground and a burning smell. It was investigated by Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer of Coelacanth fame. It shot into the air again and made a sound like “wind blowing through a pipe”
The boy froze as the creature stretched its wings and hopped toward another roof, passing a few feet over the boy’s head. He dropped the metal tray of dishes that he had been carrying and the creature flew away. The eyewitness was sure about the head crest and the long tail. [Pterosaur sighting in Sudan, Africa]
According to Jonathan Whitcomb, the many eyewitnesses of the ropen and the indava do not come from any hoax; they are genuine eyewitness sightings.
Are all fictional stories based upon people or animals that never existed? Let’s be careful not to rush to conclusions about dragons, for fantasies, though fictional, are often based upon some truth. The old story of Little Red Riding Hood is fictional, but grandmothers and wolves are both real.
This film could have been much better had it been longer with strange things prepared for, or had it given less emphasis on preparing us to love those kids and more emphasis on preparing us for the weirdness of that monster.