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.
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