The Attack of the Giant Bird

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What do you make of this? It appears to be a true story. ( )

July 25, 1977, Lawndale, Illinois: Ten-year-old Marlon Lowe was playing outside with his friends when a gigantic bird, with an estimated 10-foot wingspan, swooped down from the sky and attacked the children. It zeroed in on Marlon and snatched him up.

Marlon’s mother, Ruth, screamed in horror. There were, it is said, seven adult eyewitnesses. But then, maybe because the boy was struggling so hard, maybe because he was just a bit too heavy, the big bird dropped him and flew away.

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Ruth and Marlon Lowe (not much the worse for wear)

Witnesses describe it as a kind of giant vulture or condor, although no such bird is known to live in North America. (There are very few California condors left alive, and their whereabouts are strictly monitored.)

What was this bird, and where did it go? Where is it now? How many of its kind exist–if they exist at all?

Food for thought, eh?

8 comments on “The Attack of the Giant Bird

  1. Looks rather like a turkey buzzard, otherwise known as a vulture. They’re very large birds, but that’s an awfully huge wing span.

    1. Linda, that is indeed a picture of a buzzard, not the actual bird that attacked Marlon Lowe, which was described as something like a giant buzzard.

      We have a colony of buzzards across the street, on the roof of the Catholic school, so I’ve seen a lot of them in recent years. Very impressive, when you see one up close! In fact, gawking at one on somebody’s porch roof is what caused me to fall off my bike.

    2. No wonder the picture looked like one lol. We had a lot of them in South Florida, too. In fact, there was never a day that went by where we didn’t see quite a few circling overhead or on the road somewhere searching for their next meal. They’re really large birds. We had bald eagles and hawks, too, and neither was as large as the buzzard!

  2. I found a reference to it: “Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun the frumious Bandersnatch!” It must be true!

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