Freshwater Monster of Ontario, Canada.
Variant name: The Thing.
Physical description: Lizardlike. Weight, 50 pounds. Greenish-brown color. Three toes. Four legs. Scaly tail.
Behavior: Slinks through the town at night.
Distribution: Nith River, near New Hamburg, Ontario.
Significant sightings: Reported by more than twenty witnesses in the 1950s, including the town treasurer, Clayton Ingold.
Possible explanation: Said to be a Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) by F. A. Urquhart of the Royal Ontario Museum.
Sources: Ivan T. Sanderson, Things (New York: Pyramid, 1967), pp. 29-30; Betty Sanders Garner, Monster! Monster! (Blaine, Wash.: Hancock House, 1995), pp. 130, 184.
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