Who in Laredo doesn’t recall the 300 lb earthworm scare of 1993? It was mentioned in a blog post last year with parts of the story that talked about the 79 foot earthworm.
Nobody wants anyone to get scared but we do indeed have a river monster among us that has come onto the streets of Laredo. A few readers have written in to say they had minor encounters but there was finally a sighting when my brother came to visit Laredo recently.
Long long long ago, the river and surrounding areas had more wildlife in it but, dang, that pollution really wreaked havoc. It’s been been cleaned up enough for my brother and I to have enjoyed the water with Eric Ellman of Big River Outfitters, the kayak folks. He took us out to what he called the “little bend” lakes near the LCC campus. I actually have video of him explaining the beauty of the Laredo lakes and their potential for recreation BUT I couldn’t find my videocamera charger and am waiting for a replacement I just ordered. Hijole, si no es una cosa es la otra.
We were SHOCKED to see a big snake like thing making screeching noises on the edge of one of the lakes. I was freaked out but apparently it’s been seen in other parts of Laredo too.
My neighbor across the street was telling me it is well known in Nuevo Laredo – they know to be careful because the story goes that for some reason, the lesser sirens that were almost extinct in this area have mutated and gotten so large, they can now eat small mammals. Because they live in the muddier, calmer parts where there is water, they have been known to come out with their clicks and screeches when someone drives by with their booming bass blasting everyone’s ears. Although no one has seen it attack a human, when a car’s thumping passes by, dogs have been known to disappear and all that is left is the slime as they have slithered (or i guess dragged itself with its 2 little legs) by.
Once my brother heard Señor Javier’s story, he said that thing must be a “traga todo” so we thought we would nickname it El Tragón because they are so big and are eating up all kinds of stuff in the lakes. Eric told us that since there is the “lesser Rio Grande siren” and a “greater siren”, that maybe this new monster should be the “GREATEST Rio Grande siren” – ha! All I know is that I won’t be blasting my MSNBC radio station anymore. Uy Cucuy.
Who knows, maybe that earthworm story had a grain of truth in it…