Since the release of Pokémon Go in July, the world has gone crazy trying to locate and battle as many of the little pocket monsters as possible. But while most Pokémon hunters have (fortunately) only come up against weird creatures within the app, a pair of users from Loveland, Ohio claim to have spotted something a little more startling.
Sam Jacobs and his girlfriend were out exploring for Pokémon when they came across a bizarre-looking creature which sounds a lot like a legendary creature called the Loveland Frogman. The legend of the Frogman dates back to March 1972, when two different police officers on two separate occasions apparently saw a huge frog-like thing appear near Little Miami River. The creature, which was covered in leathery skin, was apparently between three and four feet tall and had eyes which brightly reflected in car headlights. Now, over four decades later, the two Pokémon Go hunters may have been the latest people to have spotted the creature.
The whole encounter started off innocently, with Jacobs spying an enormous frog in the water while he had the app open. "We saw a huge frog near the water," Jacobs told WCPO via email. "Not in the game, this was an actual giant frog." But then the frog did something that set alarm bells ringing.
"Then the thing stood up and walked on its hind legs. I realize this sounds crazy, but I swear on my grandmother's grave this is the truth. The frog stood about 4 feet tall. Either way, I've never seen anything like it."
Because Pokémon Go allows users to capture pictures while using the app, Jacobs was able to snap off some pictures of the creature.
While the sighting of the Frogman might sound ridiculous, it's certainly not the weirdest thing we've seen since the Pokémon Go craze began in July. Take a look below at some of the other strange, sad and silly things that the app is responsible for:
Girl finds body
Just days after the app was released, people began finding strange things, sadly including a body. On July 8, 19-year-old Shaya Wiggins of Riverton, Wyoming was searching for a natural water source to find a water-type Pokémon when she came across the body of a man floating in a river. Despite the terrifying event, Wiggins said she was thankful the app took her to the river, telling CNN "I feel like I helped find his body. He could have been there for days."
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Man quits job to become full time Pokémon master
While Pokémon Go might be doing terrible things for productivity at workplaces worldwide, one young New Zealander doesn't have to worry about his bosses breathing down his neck after quitting his job to become a fulltime Pokémon hunter. 24-year-old Tom Currie quit his Auckland-based job at the start of July to embark on a two month tour of New Zealand in order to capture every Pokémon available in the app. So far Currie has conquered the South Island, and is making his way up the North Island, you can follow his progress on his Instagram account over here.
New York stampede
After a rare Vaporeon was sighted late at night in New York City's Central Park, a crowd rushed to the area to have their chance to capture it, causing a mini-stampede in the process. The incident was caught on camera by onlookers,with the whole scene looking like something akin to the end-of-days, rather than a harmless app.
Caught on the front lines
26-year-old Louis Park may not be the best Pokémon hunter in the world, but he certainly caught his first Pokémon in one of the world's most unique locations - on the front line in Iraq. Park is a former Marine, currently working with other US citizens and veterans to fight ISIS, as well as also trying to catch Pokémon when he can - usually in his safe house in the nearby city of Dohuk.
UPDATE: It appears as though rumors of a Loveland Frogman sighting were too good to be true! Paranormal researcher James A. Willis believes he's uncovered the sighting of the Frogman as nothing more than a hoax. Over on his website Strange and Spooky World he reveals that the pictures Jacobs took were most probably of frog garden statue with lights for eyes. Take a look here for proof.
Have you come across anything bizarre while playing Pokémon Go?
Source: WCPO Cincinnati