A giant, prehistoric-looking bird has been sighted in Southwest Alaska. Pilot John Bouker says the bird?s wingspan is as big as the wing on his Cessna 207, which is 14 feet. He’d heard rumors about the bird, but says, “I didn’t put any thought into it.” That was before he looked out of the left window of his plane and saw it about 1,000 feet away. “The people in the plane all saw him,” he says. “He’s huge, he’s huge, he’s really, really big. You wouldn’t want to have your children out.”

On October 10, Moses Coupchiak saw the bird as he was riding on his tractor. “At first I thought it was one of those old-time Otter planes,” he says. “Instead of continuing toward me, it banked to the left, and that’s when I noticed it wasn’t a plane.? Coupchiak got on his radio and warned local people to keep their children indoors.

There have been regular, unexplained sightings of giant birds in the U.S. for the last 50 years. Like the others, this one has experts puzzled. Raptor specialist Phil Schemf says, “I’m certainly not aware of anything with a 14-foot wingspan that’s been alive for the last 100,000 years.”

Sometimes the past seems to seep into our world with an important message for us. One example of this is the enigmatic Crystal Skull. Read what researchers have learned about it in ?Mystery of the Crystal Skulls? by Ceri Thomas and Chris Morton, click here.

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