|Abominable Swamp Slob|
|Type||Hairy Humanoid, Alien|
|First Sighting||1973, Murphysboro in southwestern Illinois|
The Abominable Swamp Slob, sometimes humorously abbreviated as A. S. S., is a regional name for a group of Bigfoot-like creatures more commonly referred to as Skunk Apes. The name is a derivative of the infamous Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas. Despite their humorous name, Abominable Swamp Slobs are featured in numerous cryptozoology books, including, The Field Guide to North American Monsters by W. Haden Blackman, The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings by John A. Keel, Monster Spotter's Guide to North America by Scott Francis, Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology by George M. Eberhart and Loren Coleman's Mystery Animals in Illinois.
Estimates of height range from four and a half to 12 feet. The creature is naturally nocturnal and lives in wooded areas bordering streams. It emits an ear-splitting, nerve-shattering shriek. It apparently is not afraid of human beings and has been known to chase and attack. Seldom is it seen in the company of another of its kind.
The one inconsistency concerns its tracks. They come in all sizes, some have four toe prints, others have five or six (keep in mind, all primates and hominids are five-toed). A weird inconsistency in the reports hints that on occasion our Abominable Swamp Slobs are not quite “real” – for at times they walk through underbrush without breaking twigs or branches, leaving tracks, or making noise. On other occasions, as we have seen they are noisy and destructive.
Relation to UFOs
Another disturbing feature is that the creatures occasionally appear in the company of that other uninvited visitor, the UFO. So far as we know, no one actually has seen such a creature enter or emerge from a flying saucer but some kind of relationship is implied when strange flying objects are seen landing in the area where a creature has been sighted.