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.
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!