|Texas Big Bird|
The Texas Big Bird was a flying cryptid that was seen flying over the Rio Grande Valley in January of 1976. It was encountered at least twice, the two known witnesses being Alverico Guajardo of Brownsville, Texas, and Armando Grimaldo of Raymondville, Texas.
Despite the name, the creature was rarely described as being bird-like. Witnesses reported as being five feet tall with large wings often folded behind its back. It seemed to possess large red eyes on a "gorilla-like" face. Armando Grimaldo also reported a funny whistling sound before he was attacked.
There are several explanations as to what the creature could be. Theories include:
- An undiscovered species (a Cryptid)
- A jabiru, a large South American stork that occasionally appears in Texas
- The creature gained its name from the popular Sesame Street Muppet, Big Bird.
- During Grimaldo's sighting, he claimed that the creature gripped his back with sharp claws and ripped his shirt.