Fresno, California, might not always be the most exciting place in the world, but it has one claim to fame that's out of this world. The Fresno Nightcrawler sightings began back in the 1990s and have only occurred a few times since then. These strange beings are cryptids that look like pants, but are only a few feet high and are seen just wandering around. There are only a few eyewitnesses in Fresno, but the Nightcrawlers do pop up on other surveillance cameras, startling whoever checks the CCTV tapes.
Much video footage of cryptids is easily debunked by video analysis, but the weird thing about the Nightcrawlers is that the videos seem to be legit. According to the experts on the Sci-Fi Channel's Fact or Faked, faking these mysterious creatures would prove to be a difficult task. So, what exactly is on these tapes?
No one is entirely sure, but theorists propose the odd creatures could be ghosts, aliens, a possessed pair of pants, or one of the weirdest hoaxes ever concocted. No one may ever know for sure. However, the known facts about the Fresno Nightcrawlers are enough to leave viewers scratching their heads.
The Nightcrawlers began to emerge in the limelight in 2007. A homeowner in Fresno, California, decided to set up a security camera above the family garage. The man - only known as “Jose” - wanted to know why his dogs barked at night - in case there was an intruder or a strange animal lurking.
What he saw the next day was enough to shock him into calling the police. The footage showed a pair of strange, small creatures, only a few feet in height. They walked almost surreally across the screen, and the family members figured it was these things that had caused their dogs to bark so much.
Neither the family nor the police could figure out what these creatures were. Soon, the media got ahold of the footage, and the Fresno Nightcrawlers became a phenomenon. The family decided to remain anonymous, in part to avoid the supernatural spotlight, but also in part out of fear.
One of the prevailing theories about these creatures is that they are aliens. They may move like people sometimes, but analysts think they are too small and move too awkwardly to be human. Based on their appearance, they don't resemble any known terrestrial creatures either.
Redditors question why they are here, as they don't seem to be stealing anything, doing anyone any harm, or abducting any person or animals. Theorists wonder if they are alien creatures here to study human life, even though they have never been seen accompanied by UFOs.
One of the more interesting answers to many Nightcrawler questions actually has to do with local Native American legend. According to tribe members that live near Fresno, the Nightcrawlers are beings that have pretty much always lived on earth, even before human beings got there. According to these myths, the Nightcrawlers have long legs that allow them to move through difficult or boggy landscapes because they are swamp-world beings.
Legend has it that the beings are part of our world now in order to rebuild a connection between human beings and our natural surroundings, as a sort of peace bringer. While they don't seem to have made any noticeable efforts of doing this so far, the fact that stories about them have existed for generations indicates that they might be nothing new to Fresno.
In March of 2011, Yosemite National Park officials were putting up cameras in an attempt to catch trespassers that had been damaging the property. Instead, what they caught was some rather unusual footage. The security cameras again captured images of pale, small, and armless creatures, just walking down one of the park paths.
Again, once the media got ahold of the footage, the Fresno Nightcrawlers were on everyone's lips once more. The creatures appeared to be the same as the ones that had shown up on the Fresno film, and they appeared to walk and behave in the same way.
There were a handful of alleged sightings, but neither Yosemite nor Fresno had them show up on any more security footage.