Second Sighting of 'Giant Bat' Reported in Same Day

A sighting reported to the Mutual UFO Network yesterday described a "giant bat" similar to one reported less than two miles away in the same day.  This second, similar sighting, occurred in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago.

According to MUFON case number 85664, the witness reported the following events.

I walked with my 3 girls to the corner 7-11 after my oldest got out of soccer practice. we usually do this after each one has practice as a little treat run before walking home. this day was overcast and quite a bit cooler than the previous days which were very hot and muggy. after we got our slushies and other snacks, we proceeded to walk home along the usual route which takes us past the practice fields at dominican university.

We were all talking and laughing when i spotted what looked like a giant bat flying just above the treetops at the corner of division and williams street where we cross the road to head toward home. i showed it to my girls as the bat turned toward where we were standing. this sudden move scared my 5 and 7 year old who cowered down and screamed. the bat was flapping it’s wings and flew above us and over football field. it then banked and flew off in a southwestern direction and disappeared over some treetops we stood there for about 2 minutes stunned before i collected my girls, who were scared and sobbing and i continued the rest of the way home.

The bat looked like it had human-like arms and legs, just a lot bigger and had a large pair of bat-like wings that it flapped as it flew. it was black with some grey, but there were no distinguishable features. i know what i saw was real and had to be a living creature, there was no sound, but it was a solid object. i asked each of my girls to describe what they say saw and they all agreed that it looked like a huge black bat. they were very scared and i had to explain to them that we might have just seen a very big bat and there was nothing to be scared of.

A sighting of a large bat comparable to this one was reported in the same day in Melrose Park, another suburb of Chicago, less than two miles west of River Forest; although the witnesses at Melrose Park made no mention of the humanoid features present in this case.  If it was the same flying object, then it appears to have been moving east, towards Chicago's lakefront area.  The lakefront has seen a spate of bat or bird-like creature sightings in 2017, now numbering 27 in total with this latest event.

Most of the sightings have taken place in the lakefront area within a few miles of Lake Michigan, although there are some starting to come from the suburbs surrounding Chicago.  The sightings generally take place in the evening or at night, often in or near a park and around water, and witnesses consistently describe a large, bat or bird-like creature with humanoid features; although in one case the creature was reportedly "insect-like."

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You can view a timeline of the sightings so far here, and an interactive map here.

Tobias Wayland