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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

JULY 20, 1955, EDISON, GEORGIA, USA, TANT KING:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Several second hand sources indicate without great details that on July 20, 1955, amidst a flap of sighting reports of Bigfoot, "little men" and other "ghosts" in Georgia, Tant King, a farm hand of Edison, saw at the Three Springs ranch a creature which went like a man on hind legs and left traces indicating four claws curved towards outside for each foot.

The creature had white or gray hairs, depending on the one or the other source, shaggy, covering it entirely, and a small round head, and was no taller than 3.5 or 4 or 5 feet, this height changing in the different source.

A professor of agriculture, Wayne Dozier, investigated, protected the traces, and summoned from the city Doug Flowers, a sporting trainer. A tuft of silky buckled white hairs was found on barbed wire, which are said to have been subjected to an analysis - nothing is said about the result.

Only one of the sources specifies that zoologist O.K. Fletcher proposed that the creature was a kangaroo.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000508
Date of event: 1955
Earliest report of event: 1955?
Delay of report: Days?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Agriculture teacher.
First certain record by: Bigfoot book.
First alleged record type: Agriculture teacher.
First certain record type: Bigfoot book.
This file created on: February 18, 2008
This file last updated on: February 18, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Georgia
Type of location: Fields, ranch.
Lighting conditions: Afternoon.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Young, adult or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Farm hand, male.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Not reported.
Entities height: 1.10 or 1.20 or 1.50 meters
Entities outfit type: None.
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: Grey and/or white.
Entities body: Not reported. Stands on hind legs.
Entities head: Small, round.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Traces with 4 claws.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Shaggy hair all over.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Wandered.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible confusion, animal, kangaroo.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. jb1:] JANET AND COLIN BORD:

At the end of their book on the "Bigfoot", the authors provide a listing indicating that on July 20, 1955, at the Three Springs ranch near Edison, Georgia, USA, Tant King saw a "hairy little gray man" about 3.5 feet tall walking in the fields; tracks also found.

They specify that the report included a letter by the ranch owner; which is reproduced in Isabel Davis and Ted Bloecher's "Close Encounter at Kelly and Other of 1955", Center for UFO Studies, 1978, pp 161-5, and that other sources are John Keel, "Strange Creatures from Time and Space", page 104, and Green, "Sasquatsch: the Apes Among Us" page 215.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Edison, Georgia, on July 20, 1955, in the afternoon, Tant King, a farmhand, saw a "hairy little gray man without clothes" emerged from a nearby wood and walk along a fence. This being was visible for 25 minutes before it returned to the woods.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Ted Bloecher, and Humcat 1955-10.

[Ref. sm1:] DWIGHT G. SMITH AND GARY S. MANGIACOPRA:

The authors indicates that a few days before the August 1, 1955 Bigfoot report, amidst a flap of Bigfoot or "ghosts" sightings in Georgia, Tant King, a hard-working Edison farmer was chased by "a creature that walked like a man on its hind legs and left tracks indicating a paw with four claws the curved outward for each foot", and further told among other details that "it had shaggy white hair all over and a little round head" and was not taller than 5 feet.

An agriculture teacher, Wayne Dozier, investigated and dragged a wooden frame over the tracks to preserve them, then brought from town Doug Flowers, an athletic coach, where [sic] they found a "wisp of silky curly white hair on a strand of barbed wire; which was later submitted for analysis."

Among the other witnesses was a share-cropper family by the name of Alberta Dunnel.

Zoologist O.K. Fletcher proposed that the "thing" was a kangaroo.

The authors indicate that they are currently re-investigating these cases.

[Ref. bf1:] "BIGFOOT FACT OR FANTASY?" WEBSITE:

This website indicates in a listing that on July 20, 1955, at the Three Springs ranch near Edison, Georgia, USA, Tant King saw a "hairy little gray man" about 3.5 feet tall walking in the fields; tracks also found.

The source is indicated as being the data from "Chronological List of Bigfoot Sightings (1818-1980)" in "The Bigfoot Casebook", by Janet and Colin Bord, 1982, New York: Granada Publishing.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that a CE3 occurred on July 20, 1955, in the afternoon in Edison, Georgia, USA: Tant King, a farmhand, saw a 4-foot-tall naked "hairy little gray man without clothes" emerged from a nearby wood and walk along a fence. This being was visible for 25 minutes before it returned to the woods. Little men were observed, an unidentified object at close range and its occupants were observed by one experienced male witness, Tant, King, in a field for over 25 minutes.

The sources are indicated as: Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Bloecher, Ted R., Ted R. Bloecher investigation files; Eberhart, George M., A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies, Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980; Rosales, Albert S., Humanoid Contact Database; Newspaper Clippings.

Points to consider:

"Alberta Dunnel" was Alberta Donnell, a woman who, with her son, saw such a creature too apparently on the same ranch but 4 days later - the case has its own file in my catalogue.

A first sight, the information is so meager that there seems to be no way to explain the event by one or another cause.

But clues are appearing in one of the sources:

The questions are: what creature is biped, has a small head, has grey and white hair, is about 4 feet tall?

An answer is the one given by the zoologist: a kangaroo.

A kangaroo can leave foot traces of various aspect. One aspect is a "four claws" trace, this aspect shows when the animal jumped.

When the traces were found, they were protected, and a sportsman was called on location.

Why would anyone need a sportsman to go look at the traces of a mysterious being at all? At first sight, it makes absolutely no sense.

My guess is: the traces might have been wide apart, and someone wanted to know if a man can make jumps that long. Hence, a sportsman was summoned.

What animal makes long jumps?

A kangaroo.

Kangourou

This of course does not demonstrate that the being was a kangaroo; only that there were possible reasons to suspect that it was. More details might enforce or destroy this possibility, details that are not available to me at this time but could be in the Bloecher and Davis book.

What does appear, in any event, it that the being was very probably not a visitor from another planet or some "other dimensions" - at least, there is no shred of reason to think so.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe February 18, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing detailed sources. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible confusion, animal, kangaroo.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 18, 2008 Creation, [jb1], [ar1], [sm1], [bf1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 18, 2008 First published.

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