The Thunderbird: sighted for hundreds of years, the stuff of legend. But is it legend? Or is there something more to the mysterious sightings of a giant bird in Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas?
Regardless of the time period in question, the bird is described, in almost all accounts, as follows: six feet tall, brown / black feathers, enormous wings; a large and sharp beak and almost humanoid in movement when on the ground. The name comes from the Indian people of long ago, who said that the flapping of its feathers—just two or three to get the creature airborne to a great height—sounded like thunder. But more than thunder, a dreadful sound. The sound of doom. The sound which some have described they heard after seeing a black shape standing high in the trees.
Unbelievable as the tales may be, there is evidence to suggest that a bird of such proportions—with a wingspan in excess of eighteen feet—could actually exist. The wandering albatross, for example, can easily grow to a wing-span of twelve feet, while the Californian Condor often reaches similar proportions. It is not unthinkable to imagine a bird with a wing-span the width of a small street hiding out in remote areas where humans rarely visit.
Interestingly, and unlike many mythical creatures, footage can be found of the Thunderbird in flight; moreover, throughout history various people have laid claim to catching the animal; some stories tell of children and cattle being abducted. But the problem in corroborating this evidence persists: without any physical evidence nothing can be proved. And so until the day comes that the Thunderbird is finally captured—if it does indeed exist—the Thunderbird will be resigned to a myth, investigated only by intrepid Cryptozooologists and Synergy Vets.