A young girl was playing outside her home in her English village when a large beast jumped over the fence and attacked her, biting her on the arm. Not something you would expect to happen, but was this large mystery beast a cryptid, or was it an escaped gorilla?
As those that follow the subject of Cryptozoology will know, over the years numerous reports have surfaced of certain so-called cryptids being nothing stranger than “circus escapees.” You can find an article from me on this very subject, right here at Mysterious Universe. The article demonstrates that, very often, it’s merely an assumption that the animals in question have made successful bids for freedom from circuses, zoos, and menageries. But, all too often, when checks are made at those aforementioned circuses, zoos, and menageries, no evidence is found to support the “escapee” theory. There are, however, some cases which suggest we should not dismiss all such claims.
One perfect example caught my attention just a couple of days ago – thanks to the research of Kent, England-based author/investigator, Neil Arnold. Neil has uncovered an old (specifically from May 25, 1872) newspaper article titled “An Extraordinary Occurrence.” The title is certainly an apt one! It begins: “An extraordinary occurrence, and one which might have been attended with grave consequences, took place in the pretty village of Worthing, near Basingstoke, a short time since.”
The article continues that a young girl – described as being “the daughter of respectable parents in the village” – was playing in the garden of her home when what the media referred to as a “strange animal” jumped over the fence which surrounded the garden. The beast did far more than that, however. It violently lunged at the terrified girl, reportedly attacking her, plunging its teeth into one of her arms, and ripping her clothes. According to the story, “The child escaped, and ran home in – as may be imagined – a great state of alarm, telling her parents as well as her fears would admit…” The marauding animal was described in appropriately monstrous fashion. The girl said that the thing which attacked her was “a large beast,” had “hair on his face,” and possessed “huge tusks.” The press added that the child “…also showed her arm, on which were visible marks of teeth.”
Hardly surprisingly, we’re told that throughout the village of Worthing the girl’s account provoked “great consternation.” No doubt! The next development in the story sounds like it came straight out of the plot-like of one of those old black-and-white Frankenstein movie of the 1930s. Except, of course, for the fact that the encounter occurred back in 1872. The press said of this development: “…many of the inhabitants turned out with sticks and pitchforks, in the hope of capturing this unknown visitor, but the search proved fruitless.”
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