Saturday, March 23, 2019

Giant Ground Sloth in San Jose?

I recently received the following account:

About 9 years ago I came face to face with a giant animal in San Jose, California. I've only shared my story with close friends. I was cat sitting at my boyfriend's aunt's house. He was in the bathroom. I walked into the living room which has a sliding glass door that leads to the backyard. It was dark out I don't recall the time. I looked over and saw an animal about 6-7 feet tall. It had two eyes, on its hind legs with an arched back, it had long claws on it's paws. It's hind legs were short. It was a few inches away from the glass just looking in at me. I screamed! It turned around slowly got down on all fours and left. I ran to my boyfriend I told him.

To be honest at the time I thought I had seen some giant monster raccoon. My aunt had a ton of raccoons in her backyard we had just seen one by the door. She would feed the stray cats. She had a big kitty litter bucket full of kibble right outside the door. The raccoons would actually pull the lid off the bucket and eat away. The animal I saw was standing right by the kibble in the same place we would see the raccoons. She doesn't do that anymore. I never told her what I saw most likely she would think I was crazy. She has a fenced backyard but it was in rough shape the portion by the front yard was knocked down. So I had told a few close friends and they believed me. I think I did Google back then just to find nothing I let it go as just a big raccoon.

I don't know why but the past few months it has been bothering me. Wondering what was that, what happened that night. I have never heard the term cryptid, never believed in bigfoot or anything like that. I started searching online to explain this. The closest thing I could find online that was close to what I saw was a description of a giant ground sloth. Was this what I saw it actually made a lot of sense to me. I have not heard of anyone else seeing this around here. I would greatly appreciate it if you have heard any story's like mine to let me know. Thanks! MK

NOTE: there have been reports of Mapinguary - Does The Giant Ground Sloth Still Live?



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