There may be completely little doubt that Rendlesham Forest, within the English county of Suffolk, is most well-known for a sequence of sensational UFO encounters that occurred throughout the interval of December 26-29, 1980. A number of navy personnel, from the close by twin-bases of Royal Air Pressure Benwaters and Royal Air Pressure Woodbridge, reported seeing unusual lights within the sky – their accounts may be present in an official U.S. Air Pressure doc of January 13, 1981, titled “Unexplained Lights.” It was written by Lieutenant Colonel Charles I. Halt. On the time in query, Halt was the Deputy Base Commander at Bentwaters. It’s a far much less identified truth, nonetheless, that Rendlesham Forest has its very personal shapeshifter. Its title is the Shug Monkey. Like most shapeshifters, it’s a creature which terrifies all those that encounter it.
Sam Holland, who I spoke with in 2001, encountered the Shug Monkey as he walked his little canine by means of the woods again in 1956. Holland described the monster as a veritable chimera: half monkey, half canine, and half bear. That it had a size of round ten ft demonstrates it was no regular, and even identified, animal. Happily, neither Holland nor Harry the canine have been harmed by the lumbering creature, which, after briefly evident on the petrified pair, vanished into the woods. A near-identical animal was seen seven years later in the identical stretch of forest by Margaret “Peggy” Cushing; the one distinction – a really important distinction – being that the animal all of the sudden become the type of a hideous, bat-winged gargoyle, and which soared off into the darkish skies above. Notably, Cushing stated that because the beast modified in form, there was a shimmering impact surrounding it.
Including yet one more element to the story is an account which comes from monster-hunter Jonathan Downes. He’s the director of the British-based Middle for Fortean Zoology, and somebody who accompanied me on a 2004 expedition to Puerto Rico in the hunt for the legendary Chupacabra. In his 2008 ebook, Island of Paradise, Jon described how in 1996 an outdated girlfriend of his had proven him a really fascinating piece of movie footage of unidentified paw prints present in a sure space of muddy floor in Rendlesham Forest, a yr or two earlier. They intently resembled the prints of a cat; however of what selection no-one might say. What might be stated, nonetheless, is that they have been far greater than the sorts of prints that may be left by a definitive huge cat. After all, there may be nothing roaming the wilds of the UK of such a dimension. Or, a minimum of, there shouldn’t be any such beast on the free. There have, nonetheless, been a number of encounters in Rendlesham Forest with what have turn into often called “Alien Large Cats,” or “ABCs.”
Shifting on, we’ve the saga of Tom Potter, a neighborhood man who was witness to a big monkey-like animal seen within the early hours of a 1987 morning. I met Potter in December 2000, and proper within the coronary heart of Rendlesham Forest, when a 20th anniversary get together to rejoice the 1980 UFO touchdown was held there. As Potter drove to work at round 4:30 a.m., and as he handed the fringes of Rendlesham Forest, he caught sight of a creature that was not dissimilar to a chimpanzee. The truth is, that’s precisely what he thought the creature was, as he slowed his automobile to a near-halt and watched it amble alongside the street at a leisurely tempo. That’s, till it all of the sudden stopped and turned to have a look at Potter; whose automobile, on the time, was transferring at a pace of barely a few miles per hour. Based on Potter, the “chimpanzee” dropped onto its four-limbs, was briefly lit up by a white mild, and took on the type of a smooth and glossy black cat. It then all of the sudden raced into a close-by subject and was not seen once more.
The concept Rendlesham Forest might be residence to quite a few unknown animals – corresponding to Sam Holland’s ten-foot-long beast, Tom Potter’s “chimp-cat,” and Peggy Cushing’s nightmarish gargoyle – is absurd. In all chance, and notably so when one takes into consideration the testimony of Cushing and Potter, we’re coping with a creature which isn’t restricted to at least one bodily type. A supernatural chimera, one would possibly justifiably counsel. An intriguing and thought-provoking afterword: with a number of animal types seen roaming round Rendlesham Forest – and for many years – what does all the above say concerning the well-known UFO encounter of late December 1980? Whereas it isn’t unimaginable that extra-terrestrials – from a faraway star system – could have touched down within the woods all these years in the past, the extra logical reply to the riddle is that the UFO occasions have been additionally the results of shapeshifting, however on this event the phenomenon selected to tackle the type of E.T. Which begs an much more thought-provoking query: into what type will the shapeshifting intelligence of Rendlesham Forest flip into subsequent?