Jeri’s Jackpot: A Squatch in Sheep’s Clothing

I bet you thought after the whole Wood Ape thing we were done with the Cryptids, didn’t you? I kind of did too. Then I heard about a new Cryptid I hadn’t heard of before.

It seems Appalachia and its surrounding region are just rife with these guys! So what happens when you take a Sasquatch and breed it with a sheep?

Weird, weird things, first off. More importantly, however, you get a Sheepsquatch. That’s right folks. Half sheep, half squatch, all terrifying!

According to the Cryptids Wiki, the Sheepsquatch is described as “being a quadruped about the size of a bear, with entirely white wool-like fur. It has a long and pointed head, similar to a dog but with long, saber-like teeth and a single-point set of horns not dissimilar from those found on a young goat.”

The article continues:

“Its forelimbs end in paw-like hands, similar to those of a raccoon but larger, while its tail is long and hairless like that of an opossum. It is reputed to smell like sulfur, which has been attributed through folklore to the beast being born within the TNT Area in Mason County like one of the Mothman theories, though this is not likely and instead may be a musk scent gland similar to those found in many species in the order Carnivora such as weasels and skunks.”

The Sheepsquatch was first sighted in 1994, by a Navy sailor who saw the beast bolt through the forest after it stopped to eat a patch of mushrooms.

In the same year, two children spotted the beast in Boone County while playing in their yard. It was seen again in 1995 by a couple driving through Boone County.

They spotted the creature sitting in a ditch along the road. They stopped to get a better look, which, if you ask me, is a pretty baaaad idea. In addition to the earlier descriptions, they added that the creature had four eyes. It attacked their car before it ran off.

In 1999, campers heard snorting and scuffling, like that of a bear, but the creature did not immediately enter the camp. The Sheepsquatch suddenly charged out of the darkness and chased the campers back to their house.

It stopped at the edge of the forest and let out a “terrible scream.” When the campers returned to their campsite the next morning, it was torn up.

Once again in 2015, in Fulks Run, Virginia, the beast was seen in the forests of Appalachia by campers spending the night in the woods. They reported the beast as eight to nine feet tall and had a shoulder width of four to five feet.
It started running towards them and began to wade through the river after them. After hearing a loud gut-based screech, the Sheepsquatch ran off in the opposite direction of the scream.

The Sheepsquatch came to my attention when “Fallout 76” announced they were adding him to the game, along with a new questline to hunt the creature.

While the “76” version of the Sheepsquatch is simply a robot dressed in sheep’s clothing, it still adds lore to the game and brings the element of Cryptid hunters into the “Fallout” universe. So is that it for our creepy cryptid friends? Stay tuned to find out!

Jeri Hensley
Graphic Designer

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