Big Foot's Pet

Wednesday, July 28, 2004
An unidentified creature has been roaming the suburbs of Baltimore, pilfering cat food, grazing on lawns, and confounding local people, who can't seem to figure out what the heck it is.

The creature first struck me as some sort of bizarre midget horse or shaved hyena. Then it occurred to me that maybe this wandering animal is Big Foot's escaped pet, which means that if we manage to capture it, then we might just find Big Foot's address and telephone number on the collar.

[Roll laugh track]

Mystery Creature Lurks In Baltimore County

GLYNDON, Md. -- A mystery animal is on the loose in Baltimore County and not even the experts can pin down what it is.


More than a month after the first sighting, the creature has become a neighborhood regular and showing up often.

Kim Carlsen: "It comes to our house. It's been up in the woods for a while and it comes up through the bottom of our yard and eats our cat food."

Despite the fact it's lurking in these woods and no one knows when or where it will come out, no one here seems afraid of it.

Jacob Wroe: "I don't know, it doesn't look like it's going to harm anybody."

Even the other neighborhood animals like Bullwinkle the dog next door seem okay with the beast.

Kim Carlsen: "It's not afraid of the cats and the cats seem to get along with it fine."

The beast is not shy, and visits most often under bright sun. While no one here knows what it is, they do have a name for it -- the hyote, a combination of a hyena and a coyote.

Do you think Big Foot's offering a reward? Ha, ha.

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