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Sadie, also known as "'kihci-manitow nipiy misi-kinêpik'" to some, is a lake monster that is said to inhabit the remote Saddle Lake in northern Alberta. Sightings of Sadie reach a peak in the 1980's but has since mostly died down.

Saddle Lake[]

Saddle Lake is a very remote medium sized lake about a 20 minute drive from the town of Saint Paul. The only settlement on this remote lake is the Saddle Lake Cree Nation reserve of Saddle Lake 125, which encompasses the entirety of Saddle Lake. The population of Saddle Lake 125 is not entirely known has the reserve has refused to let the Canadian government enter the reserve to do censuses. However the population of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation is around 11,000 people. Saddle Lake is only 15 metres deep and 5 kilometres long.

Appearance[]

Sadie is said to be serpentine, hairy, black in color and very large, length ranges greatly in sightings from 1 to even 69 metres but most of the reports seize Sadie at around 18 metres in length. Sadie's head is said to be half a metre in length and said by most to resemble that of a horse, that a few claim has one horn on its forehead.

Sightings and History[]

According to elders of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, sightings and knowledge of Sadie has been around as long as the Cree have settled in the area. Sadie is much more than a story to the Saddle Lake Cree, who give offerings to the lake monster in hope that it will not harm boaters and swimmers. Sadie was sighted in August 1901 swimming in the lake from a boat, the witnesses claimed that it swam gracefully all around the lake. some time in the 1980s the Saddle Lake 125 closed the lake to boaters and swimmers in fear of the monster. The Saddle Lake Cree have been reluctant to give much information in the past as they feared that if the monster was caught, the lake would dry up as they believe Sadie maintains the lake. In 1984 in midst of a spike of over 100 sightings of the creature, the University of Alberta began to research the creature and interviewed 23 people who claimed to have seen the creature, including a group of several people who all saw the monster surface from the shore. In October of 1984 the Albertan government along with depth sounding the lake, flew a helicopter over Saddle Lake on Halloween night. The scientists planned to fly the helicopter over more but the lake froze over in early November and the search was called off with the mystery living on. Even so, the researchers take the stories seriously with Professor James Butler believing that the stories have a shred of truth. a Wildlife district officer of the Saint Paul area said in an interview that some very reputable people even claimed to have sightings. According to residents the monster is said to have lured a small 3 year old girl to her death in the lake some time in the 1800s, but others claimed that the monster has never harmed anyone.

Christina[]

A very similar creature has been seen at the nearby Christina Lake, with similar appearance. Sightings of "Christie" and "Christina" were also investigated by the University of Alberta, however no search for the creature was conducted. Christie is said to have been sighted by at least 16 people, the last sighting being in July of 1984 when it surfaced 23 metres from the boat of Randy Sampiero. Christina Lake is a couple hundred kilometres away from Saddle Lake. Christina is said to have a head akin to a horse, with a hairy 3 foot long neck and large eyes. Christina is 30 feet long and is most sighted in the deepest areas of the lake.

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