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Mothman Sightings Linked To Swine Flu?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 11th, 2009

The Mexican State of Chihuahua was terrorized by the above Man-Bat during the winter of 2009.

Mothman Sightings Linked To Swine Flu?

PORTLAND, Maine (Wireless Flash – FlashNews) – Are strange sightings of the Mothman in Mexico connected to the swine flu outbreak?

That’s what cryptozoologist Loren Coleman is investigating after hearing that various sightings of the cryptid in Mexico surfaced before the H1N1 virus struck.

The last sighting occurred on March 9, 2009, about a month before the virus hit and killed dozens.

The creature was sketched by witnesses in rural Mexico – the same place where the swine flu originated – and was dubbed “Man Bat.”

Though he believes there have been about 30 [sic] Mothman sightings in Mexico over the last few months, Coleman says it’s not necessarily a case of “cause and effect,” but rather something worth noting.

He says the Mothman has been linked to a curse since 1966, and more than 83 people have died after brushes with the creature.

He believes the Mothman is one of the most mysterious cryptids and often causes a “negative psychological impact” on people.

Coleman himself has had light bulbs in his home burst after doing interviews about the Mothman.

Released Monday, May 11, 2009 from the California headquarters of Wireless FlashNews.

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Mothman cover image by artist Bill Rebsamen, from Mothman and Other Curious Encounters. © Loren Coleman/William Rebsamen 2002.

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About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


5 Responses to “Mothman Sightings Linked To Swine Flu?”

  1. cryptidsrus responds:

    Good post, as always.

  2. red_pill_junkie responds:

    “The creature was sketched by witnesses in rural Mexico – the same place where the swine flu originated – and was dubbed “Man Bat.”

    As all flash news that need to be in short format —they are like the granddaddy of Twitter ;-)— this oversimplifies a bit for my personal taste. True, This entity was reported in Chihuahua, but the first confirmed case of the AH1N1 flu was reported in Veracruz (South East) , which is not exactly closed to Chihuahua (North West).

    We certainly don’t know just how the virus first appeared in Veracruz, or how long has it been circulating undetected—current studies suggest the virus could have first appeared since at least December 2008; and there’s also the little dilemma of the high mortality rate observed —with some scientists daring to speculate that there might be more than 1 new strains of flu, one more aggressive than the other.

    Could it be that somehow Chihuahua is connected with the outbreak in Veracruz? If that’s the case, we don’t have enough evidence at this moment to connect the dots. I must admit it’s an incredibly suggestive hypothesis, though; but we have to be patient as it is the ordinary custom here at Cryptomundo, lest all sort of rumors will begin to jump all over the net.

  3. Loren Coleman responds:

    LOL, red pill, funny thing is I made a major point of saying to the reporter that the Man-Bat sightings were “up North, way up North,” near the Texas border. While I knew the origins of the H1N1 wasn’t in Mexico City, only the “rural” nature of the Chihuahua Man-Bat and the Veracruz swine flu “first site” seemed similar. But you know how that goes?

  4. red_pill_junkie responds:

    Yeah I do Loren. Someone shouts ‘dog bites man’, and eventually some news reporter writes ‘man bites dog’ :-D

  5. coelacanth1938 responds:

    That Mexican critter looks way too much like this critter.

    Here’s where you can find the story that inspired the miniature.

    And here’s a pic of the Shugoran with wings!



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