It has been 33 years since the unfortunate tragedy at Chernobyl occurred. And it seems that the further time moves away from this incident, the more the legends and folklores about Chernobyl continue to grow.
One of the most popular mysteries surrounding this incident is the infamous Black Bird of Chernobyl.
This oddly looking creature with glowing red eyes, no head, and huge black wings is reported to have been spotted at the Chernobyl power plant just days before the disaster.
It is claimed that whoever saw it was hit by a wave of bad luck, terrifying dreams accompanied by threatening phone calls.
The Black Bird of Chernobyl has been closely linked with the Moth Man, whose presence signified an upcoming catastrophic event. Before the incident, some of the workers who were stationed at the control room in the Chernobyl power plant had seen the figure.
The Rising of The Black Bird of Chernobyl
The Black Bird of Chernobyl was a hot topic of discussion among the workers of the power plant before the fateful day of April 26th, 1986.
Some workers had shared with others how they had spotted an obscure figure flying high in the sky.
For those who had seen the Black Bird of Chernobyl, they described it as a bird-man like being with big black wings and glowing red eyes. It wasn’t like anything they had ever seen before.
Strangely enough, the Black Bird of Chernobyl didn’t have a head, and the wings were said to have extended up to 20 feet. This description matches the Moth Man, who was also spotted before the collapse of the Silver Bridge.
After the sightings of the Black Bird of Chernobyl, those who were unlucky enough to witness this strange creature experienced bad dreams, headaches, and threatening phone calls.
It didn’t matter if you only saw the Black Bird for a second. The effects lasted longer and were overburdening.
The close resemblance between the Moth Man and the Black Bird of Chernobyl made people conclude that the two were an omen of disaster. In the legend of the Moth Man, catching sight of the creature led to disaster.
The Chernobyl disaster, according to history, is the worst accident to have ever occurred at a nuclear power plant. The disaster was so severe that helicopters were dispatched from the Soviet Union to release sand, clay, and lead on the facility. This was after a failed attempt by local fire-fighters to put out the fire.
The reason for this was that the fire-fighters were unaware of the nature of this fire. And since they approached the power plant without protection, they were exposed to high doses of radiation, and some of them died afterward.
During the Chernobyl incident, those who survived the initial fire but later passed away explained how they would see a huge bird-like creature flying over the flames and smoke coming from the reactor. After this disaster, the Black Bird has never been spotted elsewhere in the world.
A common theory making rounds on the internet suggests that the creature spotted at Chernobyl is the same as that in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, which led to the collapse of Silver Bridge in December 15th, 1968. The creature itself is an omen of impending doom. Legend has it that wherever the bird-man like creature is spotted, a series of unfortunate events tend to follow afterward.
Another theory suggests that the creature spotted was misidentified as the black stork, an endangered species found in southern Eurasia. The weaknesses of this theory are that the description between what the workers saw and the bird mentioned above is quite different.
The black stork is 3 feet tall, and the wings measure around 6 feet. And, that wouldn’t explain the headaches, bad dreams, and threatening phone calls people received after witnessing the animal.
Archaeologist Robert Maxwell on The Black Bird of Chernobyl
Robert Maxwell, an archaeologist from Sydney, is the only archaeologist to have ever worked at Chernobyl. He was there on two field excursions in 2010 and 2012.
He says that he heard about the Black Bird of Chernobyl when he was in the exclusion zone. According to him, the Black Bird of Chernobyl is a legend that is hard to track. This is because it is based on the accounts of people that are now dead. This makes it very hard to verify these claims and ascertain whether they are true or not. He has heard about both the theories explained above and concluded that the creature resembles the Moth Man.
Robert Maxwell agrees that the sightings of the Black Bird of Chernobyl add a creepy factor to the Chernobyl incident. However, during his two field excursions at the Chernobyl power plant, he says that he did not see anything supernatural. His only fear was the radio-active material lingering around.
The Black Bird of Chernobyl remains to be folklore 33 years on, because there are no newsprint’s or publications that support the claims in any way.
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