A family saw an apparent pterosaur flying over the city of Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) recently, and the flying creature appeared to have been a ropen. According to the mother of the children (who were with her in their backyard):
I looked up to see a creature just slowly flying over the strip mall directly behind my house. I was so stunned . . . [It was] flapping pretty slowly . . . very short feet . . . I was so focused on its tail! Long and skinny with a spade shape on the end!!!
Visibility was good, and it was only flying a bit higher than the power lines so 2-3 stores in the air. It was around 8 p.m. so plenty of light . . . It was in a very populated area. It flew right over a McDonalds that is a few houses down from me.
I can’t have been the only person to have seen it. I know what I saw and am very certain it was no bird. I searched online after my sighting and this ropen and living pterosaur must be what I saw.
The nonfiction book Searching for Ropens and Finding God, fourth edition, reports the following eyewitness account from Canada:
On a November morning [probably in 2004] in Brampton, Ontario, he [Kevin Meixner] and his mother saw a “strange bird-like creature” fly about twenty feet from their car. The apparent “pterodactyl” had a wingspan of about four feet and a gray color, appearing featherless.
. . . he says that the flying creature they saw “had a long skinny pointed tail extended straight behind it that had sort of a diamond shape at the tip.”
South of Canada, in the Lower Forty-Eight
Many more eyewitness reports come from the Continental United States than from Canada. The following is from the third edition of Live Pterosaurs in America:
In July of 2008, I received a phone call from a man who reported a very large flying creature, seen one year earlier, in Orange County, less than one mile north of the University of California at Irvine. He described the dark gray or black animal as 30 feet long, with 15-16 feet of that being a tail. He saw the creature fly “at low altitude,” in front of his car, over the road (Campus Drive), into the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, in daylight.
He noticed that during the creature’s flight the tail was straight, as if it was “stretched out to be measured.” A flange, close to the end of the tail, he described as “triangle-shaped.” . . . The wings had “wrinkles” on the underside, showing absence of feathers.
A lady describes how the glowing ropen flew over Lab Lab Village (Umboi Island, PNG), one night. (Interview by Carl Baugh, about 1994)
Last week’s “Flying Monsters” episode of MonsterQuest had major problems. For one thing, the producers included almost no detail on the eyewitness sightings.
I recently got some news from Gerald McIsaac, my associate who has been searching for modern pterosaurs in northern British Columbia, Canada, for many years and gathering eyewitness reports.
What is a ropen? It’s no longer considered confined to Papua New Guinea or Australia or even the southwest Pacific. Those cryptozoologists who specialize in this cryptid believe it lives, in one or more species, in many areas of the world, including North America.
My interpreter Luke Paina and I were there to videotape or photograph a ropen. Discovering a living pterosaur proved more difficult than I had hoped . . .
1. Why do so many of these disappearances involve two-year-olds?
2. Why are persons or their bodies found so many miles away?
3. Why do tracking dogs have so much trouble tracking?
4. Why is a small child sometimes found in a cave?
5. Why is a shoe or some clothing separated from a person?
. . . it has a long tail and is featherless, appearing to be a descendent of pterosaurs related to those known from fossils of those flying creatures.
Searching for Ropens and Finding God is a nonfiction about pterosaurs with long tails, apparently real animals that live in our modern world.