Mirando Monster??

This past weekend, the Cuentos y Leyendas Entre Vecinos event had a healthy group of people telling each other urban legends from Laredo. We heard about the appearances at the old monastery, the jealous mother who wouldn’t let her son go, the giant earthworm’s resurgence, Mr. Cesar Salazar talked about la Dama Azul and the infamous Llorona and many others. We shared what we had seen or heard in these parts but you know what was missing?? The most recent urban legend floating around!

So the story around these parts on the internet last week (supposedly happened Saturday, March 17th) was something about a strange creature out in Mirando City, about 30 miles east of Laredo. And it was not a Chupacabra. Is it true? Well… I have my doubts with every story but they sure are fun to hear. So this is what I was told about beautiful Mirando City, more known for its peyote source through the Native American Church and oil wells than for weird creatures roaming through the monte.

Picture sent to me but I blurred out the face - just in case.

According to the people I spoke with, and I actually spoke to the guy that’s in the pic, he was in Mirando City hunting with a few other guys he took (he’s a guide) on his ranch for javelina. They had set up a few traps….they walked around for a bit and one of the traps sprung….they went to check it out and saw one of these creatures trying to pry open the cage to let the other one out….it ran off, on its hind legs….then they shot this one….so he told me.

This wasn’t the end of the description, oh no. Supposedly the El Monstruo de Mirando (had to give it a name, of course) is about 20 lbs. and it’s not snarling, its fur was just pulled back. It runs on its hind legs and supposedly, there have been sightings of these half human/half wolf creatures in the Hebbronville area too.

My friend goes on to tell me:

My grandmother used to tell me about these dogs she used to see as a kid…that were basically with no fur and no tail. As a kid you believe everything.

¿Le creo o no le creo? (Should I believe him or not?) Hmmmm… probably not but it sure was an entertaining story with accompanying photograph, too! I am more apt to believe the Rio Grande Monster story because I know those creatures exist. Regardless, I love a good story. Keep ’em coming!

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4 Responses to Mirando Monster??

  1. Beverly Sands says:

    Good Morning from Southern Utah! We leave tomorrow to begin a 5 week adventure around the southern gulf states with a highlight of the trip visiting my sister in Laredo. As mentioned before we are hoping you can provide some suggestions of places to visit and eat while we are there…if so please email us at bbsands@truevine.net…we will have our computer with us. Thanks so much.

  2. markewebber says:

    In 1995 The Magnet Tribune student paper devoted an issue to ghostly things (Doña Isabel) happening around VMT, including some in my room. The editor of the paper, ironically, grew up in the neighborhood and knew all about the unexplainable that we at the school were experiencing at the time. As a child she recalled seeing clouds floating back and forth in the building that now houses my journalism classes, illuminated by the “Exit” sign. In fact, one night she photographed the third floor window of the ITV/Visual Arts building with an orb of light near it. That ran in our “Doña Isabel” issue.

    Some time later the creative writing teacher at the time brought in an Indigenous woman from Mexico, who sprinkled powders and chanted things nobody could understand and that seemed to calm Isabel. –MW

  3. markewebber says:

    In 1995 The Magnet Tribune student newspaper devoted an issue to all of the ghostly things (Doña Isabel) happening around VMT. The editor of the paper, ironically, grew up in the neighborhood and was familiar with all of the ghostly things we had uncovered from interviewing students and teachers. Some weird things happened in the little building that I’m still using for my journalism classes, that students and I witnessed. Some weirdness was also connected to the production of this issue.

    The editor recalled as a child she’d sit on the curb across the street from my building (in front of the Leyendecker House) and watch clouds float back and forth in the evening, illuminated by the “Exit” sign.

    Later, the creative writing teacher at the time brought an indigenous woman from Mexico to school, and she chanted things nobody could understand and scattered powders everywhere she felt an “unhappy presence” and this seemed to calm Isabel.

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