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Boy Attacked by Strange Animal

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 27th, 2007

Tipton, Ind., August 26. – His faithful dog was all that prevented Frank Tomlinson, 11-year-old son of Harmon Tomlinson, residing southeast of Tipton on the Rolla L. Hobbs farm, from being torn to pieces by a strange wild animal which attacked the lad when he was driving the cows from pasture to the house for milking Monday evening [August 25].

The boy is suffering from a broken collar bone and numerous bites and scratches as the result of the attack and his clothes were nearly torn from him in the encounter.

The strange animal was described by the boy as having the appearance of a darkish yellow dog, similar to an Airedale, with hair standing up all over it and ferocious in appearance. It is believed to be the strange animal seen by several persons in Madison township last season and seen by C. C. Boyd, Tipton barber, who was driving after night and saw the animal slink across the road.

Beast Makes Attack.

Young Tomlinson, whose mother is dead, resides with his father and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Tomlinson. He had been sent to the pasture for the cows and had taken a strong stick and his dog along. While passing through the woods he met the strange beast which rushed at him, knocked him down and tore at him with teeth and claws. It was then the dog attacked the beast, grabbing it by the leg and keeping up the attack until the animal turned and fled. It jumped over a five foot woven wire fence on top of which were three strands of barbed wire. The beast cleared the fence easily and disappeared.

This strange animal[,] which has been seen by several persons, is said to resemble a wolf and yet is unlike a wolf. Some believe there is more than one such animal abroad and wolf hunts have been started to capture the animal or animals. It is thought by some that the beast may be a dog reverted to a wild state.

While extremely painful, it is not believed the boy’s injuries will prove serious.“Tipton County Farm Boy Is Attacked by Strange Animal; Saved by Dog,” Kokomo [Indiana] Tribune, Kokomo, Indiana, August 27, 1930.

Thanks for this historical item from

Jerome Clark.

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.


3 Responses to “Boy Attacked by Strange Animal”

  1. SOCALcrypto responds:

    On Aug. 24 Loren said he will be on the road for the next few days and will have archival items to be posted. Loren posted he would be away on the “Dueling Mothman” post. Anyway, I thought this was an interesting post. Informative, to say the least. Even if it was in 1930.

  2. harleyb responds:

    Sounds like some sort of mountain lion or puma, who knows. I also like the older articles because they tell us what has happened in the past, which is just as, if not more, important than the present.

  3. trswartz responds:

    I know how much Loren loves crypto names in association with mysterious events. Notice that the last name of the boy is Hobbs, a variation of an old name for the devil – Hobs. As well, I grew up in this area and there is a town right next to Tipton also called Hobbs. The area always had a reputation for UFO sightings and “lovers lane” creature sightings.



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