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Pterodactyl video in Austria?

“OK, I know what you are going to say its fake, and that’s fine. Me and my wife both saw it and we don’t belive in the boogeyman or sasquatch but this bird like creature was just there circling around us for a moment. It was so beautiful, and for a moment it was almost like Jurassic Park.
Just outside Gradnitz, Austria. July 19 [2011].”

We believe you, personnere, but as UMAfan and several Youtube commenters also pointed out:


It’s a bat.

This is somewhat funny, and it reminded me of a spat of sightings of Velociraptors in Chile, back in 2004. Eleven witnesses described seeing large “bird-like” creatures with dog heads, around 7-feet high, large paws and muscles and small upper extremities.

The two encounters happened at night, and local Veterinarians pointed out the described characteristics matched those of ostriches, of which a couple hundred roam around freely the region.


Jurassic Park had a profound impact in our culture, and one is not to underestimate the chances that people would be more prone to remember dinosaurs than bats or ostriches.

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  1. Rich in Washington August 25th, 2011 12:57 pm

    I was ready to say that it was just some large bird that they were unfamiliar with (lots of people that have seen cranes and herons for the first time find them very unusual looking in flight) until the three or so pics that made it bloody obvious it was a large bat.

  2. Keith September 29th, 2011 12:03 am

    It’s a fricking BAT!!!

  3. Bayne November 29th, 2012 11:49 pm

    Yes it’s a bat.. but What Bat? Unless the images are distorted those are very long thin wings compared to the grey-headed flying foxes that are the bats i had thousands of at the corner of my block. Of the various bats i’ve encountered both macrochirpoptera and microchiroptera in Nyngan, Parkes (where i nursed an orphaned one back to health and released to the wild), Sydney (including the delightfully named Ghost Bats at a wildlife park), Toowoomba and Brisbane the microchiroptera had shorter wings than that and the macrochiroptera have wider wings. So i wonder if the video is distorted and if not what species that is.

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