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People Who Have Encountered Cryptids Describe What They Saw

Updated March 25, 2021 9.8k votes 1.4k voters 54.1k views20 items

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For all the countless discoveries made in the world of science, there are still some things that seemingly no one can explain. Legends of frightening, mysterious creatures permeate practically every continent and culture, and many of those creatures, known as cryptids, are rumored to still make appearances every now and then. 

The people of Reddit shared their experiences with these mystifying beings, and they range from unnerving to downright terrifying. Take a look at these frightening cryptid encounters, and vote up the tales that will make you think twice about those things you see out of the corner of your eye.

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    Mysterious Visitors

    From Redditor /u/-Moksha-:

    My entire childhood, my father and I used to take late-night walks due to his insomnia from shift work. Our neighborhood is considered very safe and ultimately was an urban neighborhood, besides one of the roads towards the back, [which was lined] with a thick forest for about a mile and about a quarter deep, which [circled] back [on itself]. All of these walks are very dear memories of mine, except one, and it ended [up] being the last one.

    Along the road with the tree line, there was a single streetlight to illuminate a small plot of land that someone owned, but [it] was very overgrown and ill-kept. It was very common for us to walk this road to enjoy the sounds of the forest, the lack of illumination, and the ease of circling back. One ordinary night as were walking and making conversation, my father abruptly stops, pulls me close, puts a hand over my mouth, crouches with me, and points towards the single illuminated plot roughly 100 yards away.

    At first, I didn’t see anything and thought he was pulling my leg, but just as I began to protest his grasp, I see a very small, humanoid figure, roughly three feet in height, scrawny [and] with long limbs materialize out of the plot’s brush line and cautiously take in its surroundings before signaling towards the brush. After a few seconds, two other small, humanoid figures materialize, as well. After a brief moment of what looked to be a discussion, all three make a dash for the forest tree line. Once this happened, my father picked me up, threw me over his shoulder, and made a break for our home, which was roughly a half mile back.

    Mind you, my father is 6'5" [and] 220 pounds, and I was roughly 120 pounds at this time, and he never showed signs of slowing due to his fear and adrenaline. After this night, we never took late-night walks, he installed four bright, motion-detection lights around our acre plot, and [he] brought home a dog. The few times I’ve tried bringing it up, he doesn’t want to discuss [it] and made it clear he never wanted to. Those figures still give me chills, and the image of the three huddled together is very vivid 15 years later.

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    Got Your Ankle

    From a former Redditor:

    Awhile back, I lived way out in the middle of nowhere in Oklahoma. Due to coyotes and other animals, I'd always go outside with a knife or machete. Well, one night [when I was 11 or 12], I was taking out the trash... [and] the trashcan was a good 50 feet from the house, surrounded by bushes and shrubs. Well, I put the trash in the can and went to head back, when something reached from the shrubs and latched onto my ankle.

    I figured I was caught on a branch or something, so I pulled my [foot] harder, [but] that's when I realized that those were fingers wrapped around my ankle, and that they were far too long to be human. I swung the machete at whatever was grabbing me, and I heard the most blood-curdling screech I've ever heard.

    I ran to the house, [which] was one of those shipping container-shaped trailers, [but] the thing about those trailers is you get a hole in the side panel, and animals can get trapped under it. I heard it under the house that night. [It] sounded like a big dog or something. Never found out what it was, luckily.

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    Silent Imposter

    From Redditor /u/jon_the_ninja:

    I was walking to meet up with my friend. I live in [Connecticut], so as far as I knew, there was nothing here that could be a [cryptid] or unknown to us. Well, I was walking at around 11 pm [to] go meet up with my friend to chill for a little. I approached this house, specifically the garage, because I cut through the yard. As I came closer to the garage, I noticed my friend. It was him, [and] I did our call, which [was] a "chh chh" sound, and this thing just looked at me with his face.

    Every detail was the same, and it was a full moon that night, so I could see him very clearly. I got closer, called his name, and he (it) gave no response. I just thought he was being [a] freak and f*cking with me, so I continued on my way and Snapchatted him asking what the hell he was doing. He shortly sent me a Snapchat picture of him at a bowling alley in a town about 30 minutes away. This was all within five to 10 minutes of the sighting.

    I never saw anything again, but from then on, I wasn’t much of a night person anymore. I still can’t shake the eerie and dreadful feeling I had when I saw that thing. I tend to not talk about the subject because of how much it genuinely scares me. I still can’t think of what the thing was, but it mocked the appearance of my friend. This experience has seriously freaked me out, and I still refuse to walk alone at night.

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    Invisible Bear

    From Redditor /u/AcidxChristxMessiah:

    I was operating a raid camera in Afghanistan at about [2 am], doing routine sweeps of a local [combat outpost]. I noticed something on IR [Incident Response] that looked like a bear, but skinnier and smaller, that was pacing the wall. I had the [radiotelephone operator] call over to alert them of the possible wild animal.

    When the quick reaction force went outside to confront the animal, they gave word of "no sight or contact." In the camera, they were directly on top of whatever it was that was out there. It moved with them until they went back inside, and we watched it pace for another two hours before it left the [area of operations]. Still freaks me out - they were standing in the same place and there were lights all around, yet only the IR could see it.