Thursday, May 7, 2009
Quetzalcoatlus (named for the Aztec feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl) was a prehistoric flying animals in the jurrasic era.
It was one of the largest known flying animals of all time with an estimated wingspan of 10 metres or 33 feet.
Quetzalcoatlus was a member of the Azhdarchidae, a family of advanced toothless pterosaurs with unusually long, stiffened necks.
But does it exist in the modern era?? Well some claimed they had seen it.
In November 2007, three Chicago youths planned to go to a place called "the ditch" to make a skateboarding video of themselves, breaking into a restricted area of a national park to get there.
At first it was one boy, Paxton Reed, and his best friend Kevin Weller, but his friend brought along his little brother Cole, because he had "super crazy skills".
Cole soon had to go to the bathroom, and the two were left alone during the hike.
Something large suddenly swoopped down on them, and they were frightened.
The younger boy returned from his rest stop, and believed that the others were lying when they claimed that they saw a huge bird.
Later, however, they found a dead canine (possibly a dog, coyote, or fox), hanging from (or impaled by) a branch.
Disgusted at this sight (though naturally, being young boys, taking their time to poke it with a stick) they continued.
They made it to "the ditch" but Paxton scared Cole, causing him to fall and broke his leg.
The other two left to find help (though Paxton suggests that they leave him behind and go home) and they heard "the bird" from above.
Kevin suddenly got a call on his cellphone by his little brother on which they heared him scream followed by a bird screech.
They frantically headed to his location, but all they found was his skateboard and his helmet on the ground and his shoe hanging in a tree.
In the epilogue, it was revealed that Cole Weller was discovered, badly injured, but still alive, at the bottom of a freeway interpass.
He had no recollection of what happened to him.
In the video footage, large shadow can be seen above the boys, accompanied with a shrieking noise, reminiscent of a red-tailed hawk, as well as prehistoric sounding "crooooooo" noises, making it possible that the creature is of prehistoric origin (possibly Quetzalcoatlus).
In this episode, the creature's behavior is also shown, as it is shown to impale its prey on branches, much like a shrike.
Enjoy the show and thanks for dropping by folks.