Still Unsolved: Nebraska Cryptid Photo

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 1st, 2009

A remarkable photographic image was snapped on the morning of June 13, 2006, in a backyard in the Midwestern state of Nebraska.

Omaha television station KETV-7 broadcast the picture on June 14, and it appeared to be an animal unlike any most people have seen locally.

Nebraska Cryptid

In the short dispatch, the Nebraska news staff reported 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?

The image does have an cryptid canid or hynea-like appearance, reminding me of the Shunka Warak’in taxidermy mount from the 1880s, seen and recorded from the Yellowstone area, as pictured below, and discussed in Cryptozoology A to Z and elsewhere on Cryptomundo.

Shunka Warakin

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Nebraska Cryptid

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Enhancement was provided in 2006 by Cryptomundo reader Annie

Three years later, what do you think?

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18 Responses to “Still Unsolved: Nebraska Cryptid Photo”

  1. Dolouren responds:

    It is indeed a weird looking canine, but those things are everywhere in America now. In the last few years there was many stories about such strange looking canines, but no serious research was made and even when there was one they said: “Hey,man that is just a fox with mange!”

    This is Bologna!!

    I don’t know what people think about this in America, but something is not right there. Can’t you see that those things are abnormal!!!

    There is that Bray Road Beast; a lot of people said they saw it and there are photos from the creature so just grab a 12 gauge shotgun with 20-30 people and hunt that beast down and then you can see how a fox with mange looks like!!

  2. Averagefoot responds:

    Huh….. somehow my pit bull, Tugg, got to Nebraska and became a cryptid….. amazing.

  3. kittenz responds:

    It’s obviously nothing more nor less than a short-haired dog with its head lowered and turned away from the camera. The 3rd photo is cut out to look like there is a sort of “face” but that reddish part is clearly just a background object.

  4. Brothermidnight responds:

    yeah pretty clearly a dog

  5. maeko responds:

    looks like a brindle pitbull to me. “pitbulls” come in various shapes and sizes especially those from backyard breeding. lots of unusual brindle patterns too. some almost look like tiger stripes. closely cropped ears can also make the head look odd. this looks like a tall, long and lanky type with a broken tail.

    whatever it is, it looks canid. no cat there.

  6. vamelungeon responds:

    When I was growing up I had a pit bull dog colored just like that. That coloration is called “brindle” and is pretty common in pit bulls, which is what that image appears to be. I don’t find that photo to be mysterious at all.

  7. red_pill_junkie responds:

    I agree with Kittenz. The reddish flower in the background covers part of the head, so that it appears as if the animal has its mouth open in the enhancement.

    Was there any attempt to make an estimate of the animal’s size?

  8. cryptidsrus responds:

    I also agree it looks like a dog.
    A weird-looking dog, though.
    Could be a “dog-hybrid.”
    Dolouren is right.
    Something is “not right there.”

  9. Kansas responds:

    It looks like a dog to me too. Interesting photo though.

  10. Munnin responds:

    Yup, I also vote “dog.”

  11. scousequatch responds:

    Still a dog for me. I don’t think any head is visible – IMO the dog’s head is out of view to the right. Also, tail appears damaged – attempted DIY “docking” gone wrong, maybe.

  12. Samson77 responds:

    Averagefoot nailed this one. I also have pitbulls, and I can guarantee you that is a pitbull. Classic brindle coloring of a pit.

  13. inbetween responds:

    yet another case of one vague poorly shot photo of a creature whose head we can’t see, this is no mystery, just a dog with brindle coloring , clearly the cutout has no actual relationship to the shape of the dog , unless of coarse his head is made of geraniums.

  14. korollocke responds:

    spuds mckensie after all these years???

  15. nzcryptozoologist responds:

    To read more confusion to the mix, the heel portion of the legs seem very elongated and flattened which would seem to indicate a creature which uses them to sit up right. The rear portion of the body, tail and shoulders seem to indicate to me that this was some form of monkey.

  16. kittenz responds:

    Its heels are the hocks of a dog. Probably a pitbull, maybe a hound or boxer type, but definitely a dog.

  17. Chrissy J responds:

    Looking at the photos before reading the whole article, I just thought “dog”. The back legs and hindquarters look like an undernourished dog. It is probably just a stray that happened to run past this lady’s house. I don’t doubt she may have been frightened and stray dogs can be dangerous but I agree with other posters, definitely a dog.

  18. gdm40 responds:

    Not the strangest thing I’ve ever witnessed in these parts.

    Definitely not the largest either. Though there are usually not many wild animals in the Omaha metropolitan area pop 500,000 + (they still occasionally wander in). But there is a lot of open country once you pass it going west about 517 miles of open country and farmland to be exact, with tiny towns occasionally littering the landscape (few of them with over 3,000 pop). If there was ever an unknown animal in existence the Nebraska Outback Population density (2 people per square mile on a crowded day) would be a damn good place for a cryptid to go unnoticed nearly indefinitely JMO.

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