|Grunch Road Monster|
An artist's interpretation
|Theories|| · Cryptid|
The Grunch Road Monster, also known as the New Orleans Grunch, is an alleged chupacabra-type creature sighting in New Orleans. The Grunch is described to be an elaborate cross between the canid and reptilian chupacabras. New Orleans residents have so named the creature the Grunch. But sightings and tales unlike its cousins seems to go back farther in Louisiana history than in other areas of the world. The Grunch story supposedly goes back to the Crescent City's early roots.
The most common description of the New Orleans Grunch is a goat-like being, appearing to have leathery or scaly black-gray skin and sharp spines, Long horns or quills running down its back. This creature stands approximately 3 to 4 feet (1 to 1.2 m) high. They are also said to seem more intelligent and have human like skills, able to open doors, use tools similar to how a monkey or primate would.
It is said to howl like wolf, scream like a banshee or bellow and screech like an ape when alarmed, as well as leave a strong stench. Many reports note that the creature's eyes glow an unusual red- orange or blue green. Some witnesses have reported seeing bat-like wings and a tail. Or long fur and goat like markings in grey on a black silky coat.
There are several explanations as to what the creature could be. Theories include:
- An undiscovered species (a Cryptid)
- A hoax
- Although evidence for the Grunch road being haunted by these beast is anecdotal, it is interesting to find an old tale that has its reflections in a more recent sighting. A Harvey, Louisiana lady said she saw one eating one of her neighbors dogs. Also Sanitation workers tell of seeing them raid the garbage cans or chase the garbage trucks along the New Orleans East Haynes boulevard and Grunch Road area.