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Pterosaur in Minnesota

BY CALEB S.

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Recently, while driving to work, I witnessed something that really shook me up. I work with the Minnesota DNR as a watercraft inspector. It was 11:40 a.m., September 12. Skies were partly cloudy. This account occurred 8.8 miles south of Emily, Minnesota on County Road 6.

I was driving to the Roosevelt access, and was about 15-20 minutes away from arriving, when in the distance I saw what appeared to be a blue heron flying over a marsh. As I drove closer, I was shocked to see how big this "blue heron" was. This "bird" was huge! Unlike the blue heron when it flies, this bird had its neck held out straight.

I leaned forward as it flew west over the road in front of my vehicle and over the power lines. Compared to the power lines, this thing was huge. Its wingspan was probably as long as half the size of this power pole (around 15 to 20 feet). The "bird" continued to glide, turning to the right and parallel with my vehicle. Since it had a long extended neck, I thought, "Maybe it's a sand hill crane."

Then I noticed the beak, which was much longer than a sand hill's. The beak was long with what appeared to be teeth sticking out of its sides. The long neck curled in slightly and then curl out, turning its head back and forth as if it was searching the ground for prey, like a raptor (bird of prey). Its feet were held straight behind its body. This "bird" was dark. I could not see any coloration. I also was looking for feathers, but I could not see any.

There was another vehicle following closely behind me, but I doubt he witnessed the creature because he seemed to be in a hurry. Once I drove up the hill, I turned around and saw the "bird" glide behind the tree line. When I reached the bottom of the hill, the bird was nowhere to be seen. I waited about a minute, but now I really regret not staying longer, even though I would have been late for work.

I could hardly believe what I saw! My head and eyes were conflicting with one another. But I know what I saw, and I know it was not like any of North America's native bird fauna. I believe I saw a pterosaur-like creature or the legendary thunderbird.

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