Lizard Man, where have you been?
On Monday, a group in North Carolina made national headlines after reportedly seeing a “large bi-pedal animal” — also known as Bigfoot — about 100 miles northwest of Charlotte in McDowell County.
“I turned on my headlamp and saw a large bi-pedal animal covered in hair,” said John E. Bruner in his Facebook post. “Its face was solid black, no hair on it. The hair looked shaggy all over.”
But this weekend also marked a different weird news encounter: the 2-year anniversary of the last time South Carolina’s Lizard Man reportedly reappeared.
Jim Wilson told The State newspaper at the time that the Lizard Man had crawled back out of the murky waters of Scape Ore Swamp near Bishopville in August 2015.
"It was a tall, dark figure that had a tail and appeared to have scales," Wilson said. "It was almost like an alligator with a short nose and long legs."
Wilson wasn’t the only one who allegedly spotted the Lizard Man that weekend.
A woman who identified herself only as “Sarah” reportedly saw Lizard Man while attending church Sunday with a friend in Bishopville, about 10 miles north of Scape Ore Swamp. “We saw an email to The State. "My hand to God, I am not making this up.”come out of the woods and run along the tree line,” she said in
The Lizard Man has been described as 7 feet tall, with red eyes, skin like a lizard, snake-like scales and three pointed fingers on each paw. He tends to prefer cars and truck fenders over humans. And he has successfully eluded authorities for nearly 30 years.
The legend of the Lizard Man started in 1988, when a 16-year-old reported the monster attacked his car one night.
But South Carolina has had its own share of Bigfoot sightings since the first time it reared its allegedly hair end in Hampton County in 1964. It has reportedly been sighted 52 times, according to the BigFoot Field Researchers Organization.
For now, however, North Carolina will get to keep the claim of being Bigfoot’s home, since it hasn’t been spotted in South Carolina since 2014.
Which is fine. The Lizard Man is ours.
Cynthia Roldán: @CynthiaRoldan