Jersey devil

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The Jersey Devil, also known as the Leeds Devil, is a cryptid or paranormal being from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, US. Descriptions vary, but the most common physical features are a dog's head with a horse's face, a long neck, bat wings, and a long, spaded tail. It is has four legs, though it is reported to be bipedal. Its front legs are short, and end in paws, while its rear legs are crane-like, and end in hooves. Some claim it resembles some species of pterosaur, but most pterosaurs were quadrupeds, and had beaks.

Legend

The legend of the Jersey Devil begins with Mother Leeds, who was thought to be a witch. She had 12 children, and swore if she had another, it would be the devil. When her 13th child came, it was birthed as normal, human baby. But then it began to change. It flew around the room, killing a midwife before escaping the house and fleeing into the woods. In 1740, a clergy exorcised the woods supposedly home to the Jersey Devil, and was not seen again until 1840. According to documents, there was a woman named Deborah Leeds living in the area where the legend is supposed to take place. Her husband, Japhet Leeds, also claimed 12 children in his will.

Sightings and Encounters

Like the Chupacabra, the Jersey Devil has been blamed for numerous livestock killings in 1840, and again in 1841. January of 1909 had many sightings, with nationwide news coverage. This period also saw the first (and only) attack of the Jersey Devil against a living being, a dog. The dog suffered a gash in one cheek. Jersey Devil sightings continue to this day, though less frequently. The last reported incident was in 2008, in Pennsylvania.



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