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Amazing Nebraska Cryptid Photo

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 15th, 2006

A remarkable photographic image has been snapped on the morning of June 13, 2006, in a woman’s backyard in the Midwestern state of Nebraska. KETV-7 in Omaha broadcast the picture on June 14, and it appears to be an animal unlike any most people have seen locally.

Nebraska Cryptid

In the short dispatch, the Nebraska news staff report that:

Mary Ann Carta lives near 138th and Hamilton streets, and she took some pictures of the animal that she saw. She said it could be a bobcat, but it has her scared about taking her morning walk or allowing her grandchildren to play outside.

"I was not afraid at the moment. I was in the house, but I was just thinking about yesterday with the grandkids it was like, what would I have done," Carta said.

An expert at the Henry Doorly Zoo is examining the pictures. He thinks it could be a feral cat.

What are we to make of the hint of striping on the back? The long canid-like legs? And long thin tail?

A werewolf, perhaps? I’m mildly joking, but that moniker has been used in reports before, as we know from the work of Linda Godfrey, northeast of Nebraska, in Wisconsin.

Or how about something else from the upper Mountain States? The image does have an cryptid canid or hynea-like appearance, reminding me of the Shunka Warak’in mystery taxidermy mount from the 1880s, seen and recorded from the Yellowstone area, as pictured below, and discussed in Cryptozoology A to Z.

Shunka Warakin

What do you think?


The following was not added by Loren Coleman; posted by Cryptomundo editors:


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Nebraska Cryptid

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Enhancement provided by Cryptomundo reader Annie

Out of curiosity, I thought I’d see if I could bring any more detail out of the photo.

My outline of the animal was the best I could judge, based to the photo. The face area was fairly difficult to determine. The animal definitely appears to have a tail, but one with a kink in it at the top, giving the impression of a bobbed tail.

Anyways, everyone is welcome to judge for themselves.


Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

117 Responses to “Amazing Nebraska Cryptid Photo”

  1. fredfacker responds:

    I wish the picture was bigger, but those hindquarters look much more dog than cat. It’s definitely not a bobcat. Wish we could see it’s head in the picture.

  2. harfmil responds:

    Greetings All. I am a newly registered user on the site, but I have been browsing for about 2 months now. I have always been fascinated with cryptozoology and this has quickly become my favorite cryptid-related site.

    As for the picture above I agree with #1, the hind-end definately looks more dog-like. In my opinion it looks very much like a large, muscular breed of dog (such as a pitbull) would look walking uphill.

  3. Ole Bub responds:

    My Rotties…say it’s a dawg….to their trained canine eye…

    seeing is believing…

    ole bub, Sheba and Rocky dawgs

  4. Finback responds:

    My first thought? “Looks like the back end of a gelada.”

  5. Bennymac responds:

    I don’t know how amazing it is, would like to see it’s face. It looks like a scrawny dog or coyote, but it’s hard to tell the size of the animal. I don’t think it’s a cat, but maybe the zoo guy has seen all the photos. The article says she took picture(s). Are there any more coming?

  6. timi_hendrix responds:

    Quite remarkable!!

    It does have similar characteristics to the Shunka.

    It’s shape and movements are more like a gremlin, or even a baboon.

    But finally a decent picture!!! People are learning how to use cameras!! :)

  7. Bennymac responds:

    I keep looking at this thing and changing my mind evey time. The stride and that long, strectched out right leg looks cat like. But the tight, tapered look of it’s mid-section looks like a K9. I can barely make out the tail, at first I thought it was long, but I don’t know, it could be a stick or something in the background. I can almost see a shorter tail that bends in the middle. Why would she think it’s a Bobcat if it had a long tail? As far as the image to the left of the bar in the photo, I can’t make out anything. Are those black things legs? Is it facing to the right? Wish we could see more!

  8. mike2k1 responds:

    Yep an amazing picture of a stray dog.

  9. planettom responds:

    “hint of striping on the back? The long canid-like legs? And long thin tail?”

    -maybe it’s a Thylacine hiding in Nebraska!! LOL

    Okay, really it looks very canine to me. Interesting picture though.

  10. TemplarKnight21c responds:

    Looks like someone’s escaped pit bull or boxer to me.

  11. larzker responds:

    Why is every ‘cryptid’ photo small, grainy and have something blocking the subject? Even a picture of someone’s dog.

  12. harfmil responds:

    After looking at it some more, this is what I see.

    I did my best to trace the outline of what I see as the creature as best I could.

    It looks like a large breed, muscular dog, with a cropped tail, head down, walking up hill.

  13. Mnynames responds:

    Based on Harfmil’s highlights, it looks like a bobcat to me- stubby tail, greyish colour with rust features, possibly even looking at the camera, with it’s ears visible above the blockages. Might be a tad emaciated though.

    Anyway, still interesting, and I’d like to see ALL the pictures she took…

  14. Randy in CT responds:

    a dog

  15. stonelk responds:

    At frst sight it looks like the back end of a babboon to me. The tail looks more like that of a bobcat or a linx.It appears that the head may be turned away from the camera or it may be turned to the left and you can see a head with a short muzzle large black eyes and a spock shaped ear low on the side of the head. Looks like it may be sniffing the ground. If that were the case it would be fantastic. but what looks like a head is probly something else in the yard and the creature is a bobcat with its head turned away from the camera.

  16. Mnynames responds:

    Yeah, upon further reflection, it probably is facing away from the camera…

  17. Loki responds:

    I agree with timihendrix…very baboon-like

  18. Mari responds:

    Is that “mystery taxidermy” possibly a feral boar?

    As for the new photo, I think it looks somewhat like a dog. The coloring reminds me somewhat of a Bloodhound, but more diluted, with the dark patch on its back and all.

  19. Najhira responds:

    Shouldn’t a bobcat have longer hair and shorter legs? Kinda does look like a Baboon.

  20. Mule responds:

    “The tail looks more like that of a bobcat or a linx.”

    My vote is a canine of some kind.

  21. Jeremy_Wells responds:

    OK, so we got backend of a dog, a bobcat (or other cat), and a baboon from the commentators here…

    It’s a very grainy photo, but, to me, it immediately looks like the hindquarters of a pit bull terrier.

    The tail isn’t “bobbed” enough, the hair long enough or the body stocky enough for a bobcat.

    The hind end isn’t “bald” enough for a mandril or baboon.

    And the “striping” reminds me of the patterns seen on my cousins orange and black brindle pitbull.

    Sorry, nothing remarkable here. (although smart to keep her grandkids in if they have feral pitbulls running around).

  22. jayman responds:

    It does show how ambivalent a photo, even a relatively clear one, can be. At first I thought I could see part of the head, right in the center of the picture just below the overexposed bright area, but I can’t really be sure. I do think this a mundane, if possibly exotic, animal.

  23. inspector71 responds:

    bobcat or lynx not this week, more to the lines of a hungry stray the stripes could be shadows from the ribs and the vertabrae look visible toward the tail. as of the shunka warak’in iv’e never heard of that one before looks like a poorly taxidermied wolf that most of the hair has fallen out.

  24. fredfacker responds:

    I played with the levels, contrast and sharpness in photoshop. For those who couldn’t tell, that’s a pink flower and leaves obscuring the entire head. There’s also a clump of leaves obscuring the shoulders, which in this case gives them the illusion of looking much taller than they really are at first glance.

    I still can’t make a decision whether or not it’s a bobbed tail or a long tail. I’m leaning towards bobbed as someone in the article guesses it might be a bobcat, but if that’s the case, the coloration of that stick that looks like the rest of the tail is remarkably similar to the animal’s fur.

  25. furryfinger responds:

    how about a summer shave on a german shepard? my sister has a dog its a yorkie and looks nothing like that animal

  26. jjames2 responds:

    I’m not sure the enhanced photo is picking up the “true” face of the animal. I agree with the other poster who said that it appears that a flower is obscuring the face. The enhanced, outlined figure includes that flower as part of the face.

  27. ufosrhere responds:

    Hi Loren and others,
    Darn thing looks like a large dog…..or even a baboon!
    This is NOT a feral cat…..its WAY to large for that. Does kind of look like the posted photo of a Hynea. More than likely a large stray dog or mix-breed wolf……or POSSIBLY EVEN A LARGE CHUBACABRAS………..:-)
    Who knows……???

  28. MountDesertIslander responds:

    What’s the story on the Shunka Warak’in? This is the first time, I think, that I have ever seen that picture.

    That animal was killed in North America?

  29. mrdark responds:

    I don’t think the outline is accurate. I think the plants obscure more of the front of the animal than you think. From the hind quarters, I’m going with a dog of some sort. Reminds me of a very thin hound in some ways, or perhaps something bigger like a great dane that’s been loose and hungry for awhile, and been in some fights (that tail’s been broken at one point).

  30. mauka responds:

    What a amazing cryptid photo.

  31. kidquid responds:

    I wonder if the photographer saw the face of the creature…obviously it is not visible clearly in the photo, maybe if she glimpsed its head/face before the picture this had some influence on her guess of bobcat?

  32. Jeremy_Wells responds:

    The enhancement “update” is pure conjecture. Not one bit of the head area is visible in the photo due to vegetation and the “shoulder hump” area in the outline is also in an area entirely obscured by green. Furthermore the front legs are obscured by the railing and what some are calling the “break” in the tail looks to me like an optical illusion created by the end of a poorly docked tail almost lining up with some other straight feature, like the shadows in the rocks and underbrush of the background.
    The only thing this shows is how inconclusive even “clear” photos can be.

  33. cor2879 responds:

    To me it looks an awful lot like a Hyena. Probably escaped from some exotic pet collection… anyone know if there are any exotic animal sanctuaries near this area?

  34. chrisandclauida2 responds:

    could be an exotic that got loose but also looks like a mountian lion or puma but a bit off color maybe due to canmera or local

  35. chrisandclauida2 responds:

    try this

  36. Tobar responds:

    When I first saw this I thought it looked like a Baboon.

  37. planettom responds:

    Are any of the other pictures availbale to post?

  38. U.T. Raptor responds:

    I see a pit bull or some similar type of dog.

  39. youcantryreachingme responds:

    I’d have thought some sort of macaque. Check out this lion tailed macaque to see how similar the rear legs are.

  40. traveler responds:

    hmmm not to be mean or anything, but maybe someone shoule actually compare it to a babbon….not seeing much resemblance there…being familiar with the pitbull breed..i would say it wsa some kind of brindle pit….pure bred Boxer also has that shape, but not coloration..hmmmm

  41. youcantryreachingme responds:

    Oh, and I should point out, my first link shows the similar rear leg dimensions, but check out this Japanese (or Snow) Macaque for the right colouration also – including the pink face.

  42. hawaiiman responds:

    Another sick or diseased dog picture would be my guess. It is not any kind of feline.

  43. youcantryreachingme responds:

    By the way, the article states “she took some pictures” – is it possible to display all pictures?

  44. twblack responds:

    Look like a Wolf to me. Not even close to a bobcat or mntn. Lion.

  45. One Eyed Cat responds:

    Hard to say the ehancement makes the possible head appear feline but – please excuse my adding another piece here – despite the color when I finally saw a larger picture the rump reminded me of pics I’ve seen of a Moose’s rear. Except the enhancement shows paws on the rear feet.

    Oh well, remaining pics may help.

  46. kscryptoholic responds:

    My first impression was that is was some sort of baboon, a green or gelada. The face seems to have less hair than the hind quarters and therefore is reddish or pink in color. Is anyone missing one in that corner of the Husker state? I think it is some sort of monkey as some of earlier posts stated.

  47. chrisandclauida2 responds:

    no one gets anything for the correct guess so no one should be upset with being right or wrong.

    i have seen several rear end views of mountain lions while out hunting. that is usually all you see if any thing.

    i was 10 feet from one while calling in coyotes once. i still dont know who was more surprised and scared – the lion or me.

    that is still my guess a mountain lion. cougar puma etc.

  48. btl responds:

    Definately a lot of opinions. Before and after seeing the enhancements (I’m not factoring them into my opinion much) I have to definately agree with chrisandclauida2, I see a puma. In fact, recalling from memory their known range may go near Nebraska. Could be an escaped/released pet, or maybe he just felt like travelling some distance for whatever reason. I can see how some people think it’s a dog, but to me I don’t see any hint of a baboon whatsoever.

  49. sasquatch responds:

    Looks just like a Great Dane to me, or maybe a greyhound type dog. Definetly a dog. I’m amazed this is even being held up as a possible cryptid…

  50. youcantryreachingme responds:

    I tell you what – a new, better quality photo, taken from the same window in the same direction might help too.

    If not too much time has passed, we might even still see that the arrangement of some of the ground cover is still the same.

    This would help us distinguish the animal from its background.

  51. dewhurst responds:

    It looks quite simply like a large brindle pitbull or a brindle bullmastiff-Maybe a Bandog (Neapolitan mastiff/pit bull cross)

    The animal looks in good shape (not carrying much fat) but I dont think its anything more exciting than that folks.

  52. English Boy responds:

    It looks abit big for a pitbull but it does look muscular. The face looks red like a baboon . I dont have aclue what it is but to me it looks a cryptid.

  53. KYChaser responds:

    looks like a brindle colored greyhound to me. nothing to see folks….move along.

  54. aaha responds:


  55. s7nations responds:

    I agree with dewhurst on the pitbull thing. I have had a lot of experience with them (I used to be an animal control officer). Personally though, I think it is a little hard to actually discern a size from this picture.

  56. smk17 responds:

    My guess, after spending many years using Photoshop, this image is 100% fake. If you look at the back end, tail, legs, etc. there is a slight “glow” around the animal. Sort of an outline. This happens when you cut a picture from another source, try and delete the original background and try to place it in another setting. Maybe if she would have snapped four or five photos I’d believe it a little more. That’s my guess.

  57. satarina responds:

    my next door neighbor had a brindled pit bull that looked EXACTLY like this. cropped ears and tail, same body, same hind legs. and honestly, i’d be more afraid of a pit running loose than any unknown animal. but i have to wonder why in the world anyone could think this looks at all like a bobcat…

  58. Brindle responds:

    In my opinion, the Shunka Warak’in looks like a Russian boar, or possibly an entelodont. The wild pigs in Europe look a great deal like it. Modern hyenas have a VERY different head.

    I agree that the cryptid is a dog, very likely a pit, American Bulldog or maybe a plott hound type critter. Pits can vary in size enormously and can get very large and rangy looking. If the head outline were different it would be good for a greyhound.

    The red around the head could be mange or an old wound not yet covered with hair.

  59. Brindle responds:

    In response to satarina, I have rescued 3 separate pits from the side of the road and not one has ever offered violence. Be careful if there is more than one (because then you will have a pack mentality) or if you have a dog or other critter with you, or , of course, if they are guarding property or human. Just like any other dog.

  60. azufoguy responds:

    It’s a dog. Definitely a dog. The snout and the body shape all lean towards dog. You can see his eyes, looks evil though.

  61. Sky King responds:

    I tend to agree with smk17: It is either a case of Photoshopery (though I kinda doubt it), or it’s a baboon or drill. If you study the lower legs, they’re MUCH too big and muscular to be any kind of dog I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen far too many. The redness of the head strongly suggests a member of the mandrill/baboon/drill family.

    I can’t IMAGINE anyone being stupid enough to own one as a pet, however, but maybe I’m being too generous. The buggers will tear you limb from limb!

  62. RHIANNON444 responds:

    It is a dog. A breenal (sp?) colored dog. Like PitBulls or Greyhounds are colored. Looks like my Gypsy (not a Pit but a mixed). The head is hidden behind some debris…optical illusion making it look cat like with mouth open. The pinkish is probably flowers from the bush outside.

    And Pits are not automaticly violent…their owners have to make them that way.

  63. LotaLota responds:

    I don’t believe with the photo at hand that anyone could conclusively ascertain what that animal is. However, with that being said I would like to bring up the fact again about the appearance of a crooked tail. I have two Siamese tabby crosses at home, one of which is the proud owner of a crooked tail. The vet informed me that this is a kick back from the old Siamese they use to breed; the new ones quite frankly look much like a cryptid themselves (ears big enough to fit on a bobcat). For anyone who is familiar with certain breeds of Siamese they do have a tendency to lean towards a more canine physique in the rear area. Additionally the coloring of the animal would not be out of place on a Siamese or a Siamese cross (darker as you get towards to the toes). As for any concerns about size, one of my ‘little’ darlings weighs in at 22lbs. This added with the fact that both the eye withness (someone who saw the head without obstruction) and the ‘expert’ are leaning towards a feline interpretation makes me not want to rule out that this could still be a feline of some sort.

  64. Brindle responds:


  65. davidg responds:

    I agree with all who see the “baboon” in the cryptid. The tail, color, and bodily proportions look like that of:
    a female baboon as unlikely as it is.

  66. The_Irrelevant_One responds:

    There are two shadowy leg-shaped shapes where the legs would be. (one planted on the ground and the other out in front mid-step) I think anyhow.

    I’m sure it’s a dog but the pic wasn’t entirely worthless; it let you guys practice your sleuthing skills. 😛

  67. Shadowbat responds:

    *best Bill Murray voice* Okay….so she’s a dog.

  68. WhiteLight responds:

    The tail looks as if it has been broken at one time or maybe it was some how amputated and put back on again.

    When I see things like this, I can not help but wonder if these are animals that have been gentically altered.

  69. crabtrap responds:

    The rear knee joints go backward
    like a K-9.If this were a primate the knee would bend like a humans.

    that being said it looks like a dog to me.

  70. CWB responds:

    The hind legs of the cryptid critter in Nebraska resembles somewhat the bottom half of some sort of exotic monkey. But I wouldn’t bet on it.

    Somewhere in this comment section, I’ve got to tell about the rattlesnake with legs. Keep on the look out forit.

  71. Candi responds:

    My first thought was “Monkey” which I mentally changed to “ape” to be more “politically correct”.

  72. Midnitelynx responds:

    It’s NOT a bobcat or a Lynx…the tail is way too long for that. I agree that it seems to be some type of monkey. Baboon, Macaque..maybe. In now way is it a cougar, bull mastif or a werewolf. My quess is someone had a monkey and it got loose…lost a lot of weight…not doing well..very skinny. But in the end it could be dangerous no matter what it is!

  73. CWB responds:

    Three or four years ago a retired physician was traveling along county road #280 from McRae to Milan, Georgia when he espied a road repair crew standing in a huddle on the shoulder of the road. Upon enqiry he was shown a really strange critter.

    They had in their custody what appeared to be a rattlesnake. However, it had 2 front legs with claws protruding from the end of its feet. On each side of each claw extended coarse fur from where the claws were sheathed.

    Not having been witness to this anomaly, I am unable to express any comment about its validity, but I do know the man not to be a liar.

    The deep woods are almost impenetrable in south and middle Georgia. This critter was near thick wilderness vegetation consisting of tall and heavy brush — not the sort of place one would care to hike about in while exploring due to poisonous snakes including eastern diamondback rattlers.
    Being, for the most part, the sort of place in which being struck by snakes is a highly probable event, these places have not been explored on foot.

    Tractors with rotary mowers are capable of destroying most of the vegetation, but such organisms may also be very sensitive to the vibrations of machinery conducted to them by the ground resulting in their abandoning the general area.

    One of the strange things about this report is that as he was describing the critter to me, my mind instantly formed a clear image of its legs with claws and the fur protruding from its claw sheaths –with a feeling of familiarity as if I had seen this anomaly somewhere before.

  74. scarecrow responds:

    To my untrained eye it appears more canine. Best of all this is about 15 miles west of my home. There have been many mountain lion and bobcat sightings in this area over the last few years. 2 years ago an adult mountain lion was shot and wounded in west Omaha, it recovered and is now in the Omaha Zoo. Another adult mountain lion was found dead along I-80 just southwest of Omaha last fall, and a bobcat, confirmed by both local police and NE Humane Society, gave both agencies’ officers the slip this spring as they were trying to capture it. Into a nearby residential area, over a fence, across a deck, and never seen again. Many more unconfirmed reports of large cats throughout the Omaha metro, and surrounding communities.

  75. prophet54 responds:

    I just saw the photo of the either a coyote or possibly a coydog cross.There is a rose bush obscuring a portion of the neck/head area but if you adjust your sight,discarding the pink flowers, you can see the muzzle,nose,and mouth of the canid animal which is looking towards your left shoulder.There is a dark stone or something just under it’s jowls,but it is in the background, which gives the impression of a bulkier jaw.The face is quite narrow suggesting a coyote.

  76. prophet54 responds:

    I forgot to mention that there is a long semi-bushy,probably due to malnutrition,tail.Also, above the pink flower mentioned in the previous comment,you can also see the top portion of it’s ears.

  77. JJSimo responds:

    It looks to me to be a bull mastiff with its neck splayed open, possibly as the result of a fight. As for the “tail”, looks broken to me. Also maybe its not walking up hill; probably vomiting.

  78. CWB responds:


    Has anyone out there reading this site ever seen or heard of such an animal fitting this description as ever having been sighted?

    This region has had its share of bigfoot/swamp ape type sightings. Some one, who once ventured into her back yard several years back, encountered a black panther leaning up against a garbage can on its front paws.

    A large dog, said to venture from the surrounding wilderness up in Douglasville, GA every so many years, was reported on an Atlanta TV News station in the late 80s. Its tracks were as large as the palm of a man’s hand. Someone reported several weeks later that he had shot the dog and the report showed film-footage of it. However, the dog that had been shot could not in any way have been the dog that made the large prints, for it was entirely too small!

    Apparently someone wanted to cancel, by spuriously explaining away, the original report showing the large foot print. Several years later, I queried the newstation about that report, but they said that they did not recall it nor did they keep any film footage of it, which, for a TV station, is rather odd.

    I never saw the dog, of course, but I will venture its color — black. The “black dog” is legend in the annals of occult manifestations.

    In England the black dog often comes out of nowhere and quietly walks along with travelers from one certain point to another as if protecting them during that stretch of territory and then disappears instantly.

    Regarding sightings of the paranormal, of which I believe many cryptid sightings to be, scientists complain that they lack predictability necessary for repeated experiments to give them validity as being real. Classical physics is based on accurate and quantifiable prediction, while quantum physics is based solely on probability and not predictability.

    It would seem that quantum physics and the paranormal have everything in common (probability instead of predictability) including the ability to side step scientific law-abiding physical reality when deemed necessary.

  79. Anadae responds:

    Whoa, unreal, a thylacine, alive, in suburban Nebraska! Kidding. But, hah, hah, seeeeeriously peops, when visual information, such as the poor contrast of this unfocused photo, are nebulously rendered, it never fails to amaze me how many diverse interpretations one gets from such a dilemma.

    What initially resembles the pinkish, denuded visage of a red-faced baboon, after a certain amount of squinting, becomes the edge of a faded bloom in the potted arrangement of primroses, standing sentry at the windowsill.

    In short, I’ve never seen so many fanciful interpretations from one pic! I say its a coyote. We’ve got ’em here in the lower Hudson valley area. They’re foragers, they live in the wild, or what remains of the wild in this ever-overdeveloped suburban sprawl, hence, the animal’s leanness.

    The opinions of the pet Rotties above were almost on the money. But, rather than a domesticated dog walking uphill, it is a wild dog, the coyote. End of mystery.

  80. Jboy responds:

    It appears to be a distorted image of a dog like Patton’s in the movie. Also, the shadows are wrong and the foliage is what creates the bulge over its frong legs.

  81. RLF responds:

    My first thought was a young moose. If in the enhancement I can see a moose.

    At this link is a moose picture.

    I know there are not suppose to be moose in Nebraska, but it looks more like a moose than a dog to me.

  82. Triac responds:

    BABOON. In my opinion it looks like a Baboon

  83. Loren Coleman responds:

    While the back legs might remind one of a moose, the tail does not match that of a moose.

    Writing from Maine, of course…

  84. drmtennessee responds:

    I believe this is a Brindle Mastiff dog. The size is right as we used to own one. Ours had the same colors (looked like a tiger) and weighed roughly 225lbs. The tail is the same and so are the hind legs. This is a Mastiff.

  85. drmtennessee responds:

    I forgot to mention that this would be an English Mastiff and not a Bull Mastiff. The English Mastiff breed is much taller with longer legs and much heavier. The Brindle coloring is a dead givaway.

  86. DL42 responds:

    I agree with the comment about a baboon. Those hind legs look more like a primate to me.

  87. Brindle responds:

    Dog. Ya’ll need to work on your comparative anatomy.

  88. McKenzie Graye responds:

    I live in Montana. One night I took my dog out and saw a mountain lion in my yard. At first glance it looked like a big golden lab, because I didn’t expect to see a mountain lion. My sighting was corroborated by local forest rangers. The long tail, hind quarters and head shape were like your Nebraska picture. It’s all over the news…mountain lion sightings everywhere–even California. Pets are easy pickin’s and continued home building is pushing lions out of their habitats to seek food. People in the city are so removed from nature that they can’t recognize a common wild animal. Werewolf indeed!

  89. Sky King responds:

    To all ya’ll in the dog camp: the right rear leg has a FOOT on the end: that’s not a lower leg bending the wrong way. That’d be ONE long legged-dog if that were the case! I beg you to look at the baboon photo that DavidG kindly provided.

    Also, those who think the head is largely obscured by a “rose” bush are confusing the potted geranium on the window sill for a bush outside – there IS a bush outside, but it doesn’t obscure but a small portion of the front of the head…

    Where IS the person who took the picture? Why the mystery about her? Something smells about that…

  90. feral responds:

    I would say the photo is one of the following: a cougar, mountain lion, nittany lion, panther, catamount, painter, puma, or felis concolor. What do you think?

    Hint: They are all names of the same animal.

  91. djhellan responds:

    The is a “black-capped” capuchin monkey as viewed from the side. You are mistaking his large left ear for his mouth. I had one in my home for almost 15 years and recognized it immediately.
    About 10 pounds, with the body size of a small adult housecat.
    I suggest someone get to West Omaha with a few raw eggs, brightly coloured candy wrappers and a bird call and bring the poor thing inside.

  92. youcantryreachingme responds:

    Sky King (89) – I agree – the leg better matches a primate. Don’t miss the lion tailed macaque and Japanese (Snow) Macaque links either, for leg shape and colouration respectively.

    I now agree the “face” is not pink – it’s more likely the flower obscuring the front of the animal.

    Agreed too – why is there no further info from the photographer?

    One other thing to note – the rear legs are decidedly dark in colour. Please note that to the left of the vertical pole, there are two other areas of similar colouration and proportion… I’d go so far as to suggest the animal’s head is actually at least partly out of the frame to the left (again, obscured by the plant leaves). Taking those two dark marks as legs tells us something about the stride – starting at the front of the animal, it would have its left forefoot furthest forward, followed by the right forefoot, left hindfoot and right hindfoot. I don’t know whether this helps reduce the set of possibilities.

  93. youcantryreachingme responds:

    Correction – the head is not out of frame (I was looking at the “enhanced” version). Rather, in the original photo the head would be at (approximately) the right hand edge of the two bright red flowers.

  94. sasquatch responds:

    What some of you are interpreting as the head and jaw are not. It is his left front leg bending and jutting out towards the front and then bending again at the wrist. The head is not visible as it is farther forward and bent away from where you guys are looking. The pink stuff is out of focus flowers running up the upper arm/leg. I gaurantee you it is a dog. Probably a great Dane, Wimeramer, Grey Hound or such. If you think it’s a cat or a baboon, I could sell you my Honda Mercedes for $90k.

  95. SleepingInRlyeh responds:

    I agree it’s a brindled English Mastiff.

    I’ve had 4 English Mastiffs, and they’re about 200 pounds. On their hind legs they usually stand over 6′ tall. My current one is brindled, and that looks just like it.

    That’s not a foot. It’s the lower portion of a mastiff (dog) leg. The back leg joint bends backwards. A mastiff paw is bigger than my hand (and I’m 5’10”).

    Mastiffs are uncommon and can be mistaken for other animals even by people who have them. I live in the foothills of the cascade mountains, and I was driving down the block. I saw what looked like my neighbor’s mastiff until it turned and had the unmistakable waddle of a bear cub.

    Mastiffs are the biggest dog by body mass (Danes are the largest in height/length though), and it’s easy to confuse them for things other than dogs. The largest Mastiff on record was something like 325 lbs.

    Awesome dogs.

  96. helhund responds:

    Dog, or perhaps a Coydog. Though the Coydog I had 30 yrs ago looked some what different. But that was in So. Calif. and appearance would depend on the dog breed that crossed with the coyote. In either case, it does appear to have a long broken tail.

  97. RLF responds:

    I don’t believe that is a long crooked tail, but a short stubby tail. the line that appears to make it a long tail looks to me to be in the background, If you look at where the crook is you can see how this appears to be a long tail.

  98. drmtennessee responds:

    I am really concerned that some think this is a primate or big cat? You may want to look at some anatomy books and get back to reality. SleepingInRlyeh is correct as we have both have had Brindle English Mastiffs. This is probably a young Mastiff maybe 12-18 months old and not filled out yet. Go to a search engine and find out what Brindle English Mastiffs look like and come back to earth.

  99. Brindle responds:

    I believe the tail comes to a point right at the edge of the picture. The head shape is undetermined because the above outline, while a notable effort, is still one person’s rendering of the animal’s silhouette and by no means conclusive.

  100. ConspiracyDave responds:

    Have some of you people ever seen an animal in your life?

    A baboon? Give me a break it looks nothing like that.
    A moose? It looks nothing like a moose either.

    It looks like somebodies dog.

  101. Brindle responds:

    I agree with Sasquatch’s interpretaion of what anatomical bits are in the photo. No head visible and four dog legs (and an unbroken dog tail), of whatever breed. Size is hard to determine because there is nothing of known scale with which to compare.

    A good point is made that Mastiffs are uncommon.

    I have seen dogs with unbroken tails hold them with a crook in the middle.

  102. monswine responds:

    the Shunka thing reminded me of a wolf, But then I thought ”andrewsarchus”

    Can’t find a good picture, so just google it, It was the largest carnivorous mammal on land ever. Closer(evolutionarily) to sheep and goats than it is to dogs or cats.

    For the nebraska beast, Ima go with feral dog, or mountain lion.

  103. monswine responds:

    picture at the bottom is good, but the coloration is an artists interpretation.

  104. Brindle responds:

    My money is on the shunka warak’in critter being a pig of some kind. If you could see the feet there would be little cloven hooves! The head doesn’t look the least bit canid.

  105. afeeney responds:

    I’m a bit suspicious of the break that the middle window frame creates, since the back half looks remarkably like a dog and the front half looks much more like a big cat. (I see the two protrusions as ears of an animal looking away from the camera.) The legs do look a smidgen like a primate, though.

    It’d really help if we could see clearly whether the back legs end where the image does, in which case they could be feet (primate), or if they continue into paws.

  106. sasquatch responds:

    The werewolf thing could be a taxidermists joke- pig/wolf, or just bad taxidermy of a wolf.

  107. saurion responds:

    Dog, a mangy beaten straggly broken tailed dog. This photo reminds me of the one I’ve seen of 2 dogs so perfectly lined up to the camera that one blended into the other looking like a 6 legged dog. That’s what this looks like.

    As a few others have noted, the pink ears are the flowers on the plant along the window, the hump is overhanging pine bough, the face appears to be shadows on the rocks and the flowering plant’s foliage. It looks like the animal’s head is to the right and down, like it’s sniffing along. I’m sure a few of you out there have seen a headless animal ‘thing’ standing around only to realize it was a dog when it lifts it’s head up.

    It’s a incredible but convinent combination of a camera focusing on a long range subject with mid range interferance. My question is was it a manual or digital camera?

  108. shadowparks responds:

    It looks like a pitbull to me. I have two of them. What appears to be the cat like head looks like a shadow.

  109. sasquatch responds:

    I saw a greyhound today that was colored exactly like this dog. And to the guy who says “the legs are too massive to be that of a dog”, What are you looking at? They are almost as skinny as the greyhounds that I saw today. there are a lot of greyhounds around where I live because folks started adopting them from the race track because they use to just kill ’em when they got slow and the news publicized it. Greyhounds are bizarre looking so it may have startled the woman to see a tall lanky critter with stripped fur and a skinny pointy snout.

  110. Rialle91 responds:

    Wrong part of the world, but the hindquarters and – is there some stripes there, or is that my eyes deceiving me? – remind me a little of a Tasmanian tiger… They’re ‘extinct’ in Tasmanian, so the idea is ridiculous… But that tail and springy lithe back legs… I wish you could see the head, because you can’t mistake the mouth on them! There’s loads of photographs of the T. Tigers if you want to look, but this sketch shows good leg/tail comparison. About the baboon comment, look at that primates rear… This animal’s isn’t so colourful. If you look at the T. Tiger’s feet, well… Maybe it’s a Nebraska Tiger *chuckle*

  111. kittenz responds:

    Hmm. I did not see this until now. It looks like the back end of a brindle Boxer dog. It looks to me like its head is turned to the right and down, and what some have taken to be a bent head is actually a raised left foreleg.

  112. Muggs responds:

    Did anybody look behind the Creature in the back? It looks like there’s a little one.

    Just thought I would say.

  113. Eveal1 responds:

    After reviewing the photo for a few minutes, I have come to the conclusion that the clipping of the photo is incorrect. THe near front leg is up taking a step with the far (right) front leg down along the window frame that “cuts” the photo. The coloration is interesting in that it has black socks and what I would assume to be a black muzzle. The range of the legs and the length of hair make it look very similar to a shaggy greyhound or even an Irish Wolfhound or Scottish Deerhound. THe trouble with this thought: the chest isn’t deep enough. Even a wolf, whose legs might be long enough doesn’t fit quite right, the chest is deeper on a wolf, I think.

  114. CryptidHuntr responds:

    It’s too bulky to be a cat. I say it looks like a…a….a….Hyena!!!!! That’s it. A hyena! Thanx Loren!!!!

  115. Faintwarrior responds:

    I rhink its a kind of monkey, I never thought it was a dog or cat, always a monkey, maybe a baboon

  116. Faintwarrior responds:

    sorry… I THINK its a kind of monkey

  117. bryanofadown responds:

    I’ve never seen a dog with toes. It’s a primate. Look closely at the feet. It has toes. And I think the outline is mistaken. The mouth opening in the outline isn’t the mouth. The animal appears to be looking down. I’d say, if it’s a cryptid, it could possibly be a devil monkey, which is a baboon like ape/primate said to inhabit the forests of North America and are known to be extremely aggressive and territorial. I looked at it pretty closely and it isn’t a dog. Why would someone bother with taking a picture of a stray dog anyway. I see stray dogs all of the time and never once felt the need to photograph one.

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