Thursday, December 10, 2015

Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil is a legend that has been around for years.  Many people believe that this creature is located in the Pinelands and is an animal-type of creature that resembles a flying llama with large wings.  Over the years, many people have had experiences and even claim to see the flying creature throughout South Jersey.  Many people know the story of Mrs. Jane Leeds and how she came from a poor family who eked out an existence in the Pine Barrens of Jersey, a rugged place with vast forests, sandy soil and patches of swamp. In 1735, Mrs. Leeds discovered that she was pregnant with her 13th child. She complained to her friends and relatives that the “Devil can take the next one”, and he did. When the baby was born, he was monster! He immediately took on a grotesque appearance and grew to more than 20 feet long, with a reptilian body, a horse’s head, bat wings and a long, forked tail. He thrashed about the Leeds home for a bit and then vanished up the chimney. The creature, or the “Jersey Devil” as he was dubbed, began haunting the Pine Barrens.  To this day, people claim that the Jersey Devil is real.

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