Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 26th, 2007
Corry, PA, Sept. 20. – (AP) – Fears of a “furry thing resembling an ape” subsided today in this Erie county community after a posse of farmers failed to locate the mysterious animal in a 48-hour search.
The “thing” popped up Sunday [September 18] at the edge of a woods three miles south of Corry and sent Rose Marie Clabbatz, 13, and two smaller children of Howard Clabbatz, scurrying across the fields to their father.
Clabbatz listened to their breathless story about an animal that “started chasing us” and organized a hunting party of 50 persons, many with guns.
Yesterday Frank Ross and Fred Lindstrom said they spied the beast ambling near their farms, on the edge of a woods. Ross said “it” appeared to be four feet tall and “resembled an ape.”
Clabbatz said he believed the animal left the vicinity and now “the women folk and kids dare to go out again.”
Some discounted the ape story, saying the mysterious animal probably was a bear cub walking on its hind legs.‘Furry Thing’ Eludes Posse, Titusville [Pennsylvania] Herald, September 21, 1938,
The notion that a bear cub (or an adult bear) would chase people in a bipedal posture is no less unlikely than the presence of an ape in the wilds of Pennsylvania. The anonymous “some” who “discounted the ape story” is probably the reporter inserting a personal opinion into the story. — Jerome Clark.
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.