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The Sussex Serpent was a bizarre serpentine creature allegedly sighted in the village of Boreham Street, England. The creature, as noted in the local Sussex Advertiser newspaper, had attacked one of Mr. Robert Pursglove’s cows in 1857. In a short time most of the villagers had arrived at the spot where the cow, which appeared to have a serpent in her mouth, was dashing about among the others, driving them in all directions.
When the creature was finally killed, it was found to measure 40 feet in length. Its body was serpentine and it appeared to have wings folded against its back.
There are several explanations as to what the creature could be. Theories include:
- An undiscovered species (a Cryptid)
- A scarf
- According to the report, when the train passed the creature, “The snake’s tail was not where it should have been, and a portion of its lower extremity was clipped off. This seemed to put this flying snake on his mettle, and he prepared for war. He wheeled around and gave chase to the train.” The snake moved as fast as lightning and began attacking the sides of the train, giving the vehicle a “lively thrashing” that broke several windows and frightened many of the passengers. Although some of the passengers shot the creature with pistols, it seemed to have no effect. After a few minutes, the snake left of its own accord. The story was apparently confirmed by everyone on the train and was later republished in the Brooklyn Eagle.