Goat-like prop with wings claimed to be Jersey Devil

Today’s “Most Read” story on NJ.com’s page is about a ridiculous so-called sighting of the Jersey Devil. The story is even trending on Facebook now as several more news outlets have picked it up. The original story came through an email to Paranormal Corner columnist Kelly Roncase, a paranormal investigator. Her columns are breezy and pro-belief without much critical thinking, this one is no different. As with the Lizard Man latest sighting, this is another successful attempt to play a prank on the local news outlet and get some attention (and a good laugh).

According to the email Roncase received, Dave Black was driving home when he saw what he thought was a llama near the road in Galloway, New Jersey. Then he said it spread leathery wings and flew over the golf course. He snapped some pictures but only one came out.

Photo: David Black

Photo: Dave Black

He shared the picture with NJ.com. Fakety fake fake goat with wings. Laugh out loud fake. The object is too stiff to be alive and clearly not a real creature. Also we can tell the silly-shaped and small-sized wings aren’t moving since the shutter speed was low in this light and movement would have resulted in a blur. For this alone we can call fake. Besides, there is no animal that looks like this for real, the Jersey Devil is a myth, although popular. But, as such media outlets will do, they play it straight as they can and ask for YOUR opinion. Several people have given their opinion that they can neither believe this is anything more than a stupid hoax and that the NJ.com gave it any attention.

The NJ.com story was later updated to include a video. The video came from the Weird NJ site who report THEY received the video from a person named Emily Martin who said she captured it on Old Port Republic Rd in Leeds Point. Leeds Point and Galloway are historic locations associated with the devil legend. So, it’s quite convenient that that’s where they showed up. The creature is still around 200 years later? Uh-uh. This appears to be an orchestrated hoax. I wonder if they watched True Monsters on HISTORY on Friday?

Neither outlet that received these fantastic claims appeared to do ANY investigation. They just posted the crazy stories accompanied by the eyewitnesses baseless assurances that they swear they aren’t lying or hoaxing. OK…

The Jersey Devil: The Real Story – CSI

The video is HILARIOUS! It appears to be a plush animal with battery operated wings. The wings are clearly not propelling the animal that has stiff and stuffed legs. It does not appear to be the same prop from the still photo, though they look remarkably similar and the setting is exactly the same. The video creature is more stocky and plump. Yes, I have wasted time looking at this nonsense.

Back in the summer, a similar scenario occurred in Bishopville, South Carolina when an email accompanied by a photo was sent to the local news claiming a sighting of the infamous local monster, Lizard Man. A video of the creature then appeared shortly afterwards. The story was a hit. People got a good laugh. Whenever I state how dumb these things are, many people react by saying one of two extremes – first, that I should lighten up and take a joke. OH I KNOW THIS IS A JOKE. But there REALLY ARE people who think there are biologically impossible mystery monsters that are out there. That’s the second typical response – from people who say they have experienced it themselves and are convinced. No amount of logical dissection of the claim will matter to them. That’s the way the world is.

Pick up a copy of the upcoming Fortean Times for a new investigative report on the Bishopvill Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp from Benjamin Radford with additional content from yours truly. As for the Jersey Devil, it’s a nice tourist ploy for Halloween. The woods are scary enough these days, I’ll pass on belief in mythical creatures. It’s a shame that the media can’t seem to help promoting such preposterous tales with a straight face.

It’s going to be a long, face-palming October!

Addition“True Jersey” NJ.com published a stinker of a story on the Jersey Devil | Doubtful

  12 comments for “Goat-like prop with wings claimed to be Jersey Devil

  1. Lee
    October 12, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    I… I… I… do not know what to say. I have seen that which is obvious faked. This is in its own category! I am laughing I can’t take it… The Jersey Devil from reading accounts of it is the most unbelievable and least interesting of all monsters created IMHO. This ranks right up there with the Chupacabra, a HORRIFYING goat blood sucker! Looks like someone put a stuffed horse on a string with wings and took a blurred photo. I am just flabbergasted… I am sorry, it completely caught me off guard.

  2. Lee
    October 12, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Sorry, composure, this is a perfect example of just what will challenge ultimate patience in having to deal with people that see this ridiculous image and believe it. You just have to reiterate “They believe because they want to believe.”

  3. Bob
    October 12, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    This is literally 4 miles from my house. I’ll send Eve out to investigate. 🙂

  4. October 12, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    She may never be seen again.

  5. TonyB
    October 13, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    I love monster legends and supernatural folklore and always enjoy seeing stories about them. Provided, that is, that the stories treat the topic as folklore, not “evidence” that some monster or other actually exists. This just sounds like a goat-screw from the start. Why is a legit newspaper giving column space to a “paranormal investigator” who treats this stuff as the real deal?

  6. October 13, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Totally agree, TonyB.

  7. Tony
    October 13, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Run for your lives, it’s the Jersey Piñata!

  8. Headless Unicorn Guy
    October 13, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    No, it’s Discord & Fluttershy’s love child!

  9. Anomalous
    October 13, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Tony: LMAO!

    Straight from the Billy Meier School of Anomaly Evidence Fabrication:
    1. Grab a stuffed animal or statue
    2. Throw it up in the air
    3. Shoot blurry photos
    4. Post with sensational headline
    5. Done!

  10. October 14, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    I’m going to have to quote this!

  11. Rich
    October 14, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    I’m not having that. A lot of Billy Meier’s photographs are in very good focus, which, considering how long he must have waited for the wind to stop blowing them around on their dangly string, shows a great deal of patience. Having said that, they are about as credible as a stuffed goat thrown in the air so perhaps it wasn’t worth the time.

  12. Ben Althauser
    December 9, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    It really should have been a flying pig.

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