Brentford Griffin

Dubious flying Griffin of England.

Physical description: The size of a dog. Dark color. Long muzzle. Wings. Four legs.

Habitat: Said to live on an island in the Thames River.

Distribution: Brentford, Greater London, England.

Significant sightings: In June or July 1984, Kevin Chippendale was walking down Braemar Road, close to the Griffin Pub, in Brentford when he glimpsed what looked like a dog with wings flying across the street ahead of him. He saw the same thing at the same spot in late February 1985. Other alleged witnesses came forward, but the media soon lost interest.

Present status: In 1995, novelist Robert Rankin finally admitted that he was responsible for some, if not all, of the reports and publicity as a joke.

Sources: Andr ew Collins, The Brentford Griffin (Wickfor d, England: Ear t hquest Books, 1985); Stuart Coolie, "To Brentford and Back," Fortean Times, no. 80 (April-May 1995): 28-29.

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