I grew up in rural NWPA, surrounded in forest. I took an early interest in cryprozoology and sharks and have read many books on various crypto subjects such as Bigfoot and Megalodon over the years. I am not a professional writer or a journalist, but I do the best I can. I have a quirky, obscurely dry and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor than can get me in trouble. Some love me and some hate me, but I am who I am.

As some of you may know, I was born and raised in NWPA. As many do not realize, PA is covered with thousands of miles of dense forest.

During my formative years I spent countless hours in those forests, hunting, fishing and just enjoying nature. In all that time, I never once saw an unknown entity of any kind and I fancy myself as being extremely aware of my surrounding. In fact I literally made a concerted effort to hone my God given senses as much as I possibly could. Even with that, I can’t claim to have seen a Bigfoot, Wolfman, Mothman, Elf or even a Fairy. Seems I missed a great deal as is alleged by the story below.

This is a an experience as told by one of Lon’s readers over at Phantoms & Monsters. A gentleman by the name of Johnathan Fennell claims that he and several of his friends were witness to a real live Fairy, you know, the Tinkerbell variety.

Here’s his experience in minute detail:


My name is Johnathan Fennell. I’m an avid reader of your site and thoroughly enjoy hearing other peoples experiences. Thanks for doing what you do – it helps me understand this mysterious world.

Anyway, back in the summer of 2005, I had a very unusual sighting, yet it was almost something of a blessing to witness (especially having such high hopes for such an existence!). Myself and an entire group of people witnessed a fairy close up. Nobody knew what to say.

It started with a phone call from a friend, inviting me and my girlfriend at the time out to his parents house in the country areas of Chicora, PA (which has had many other odd occurrences and sightings – Batsquatch as I can most recently recall). We accompanied a gathering of about 7 or 8 of us in total. It was a casual evening, nothing crazy and no drugs to induce any hallucinations. We sat on his parents back porch as the sun set behind the trees (it was a nice house set in a thick wooded area) and carried on conversation amongst friends. Night came and nothing much else changed.

This porch was more of a deck. It was roughly 10×15 which was a nice spread for all of us to gather around a table on. To the far side of the deck (which was right across from where I was sitting), my friends mom had a huge pile of pots and plants that rested against the railing of the deck and the house, all of which sat right under the spot light for the deck, so our area (the deck) was very clearly visible in the dark. At this point, it was probably around 10pm considering that it was almost pitch black outside.

Suddenly, during one of those odd quiet moments in conversation, we heard a pot “tink” as if it were lightly bumped. Being out in the woods in the dark, all of us turned to see what kind of animal was spying on us. To our surprise, as we all turned to look (and mind you I had a front row seat the whole time), we saw what looked like either an enormous moth (and I’ve seen big moths, this thing was more like a squirrels size) or a rather large bat shoot straight up from the pile of pots. However, this thing obviously had wings that were wrapped around its body like a tortilla – but I immediately noticed something that blew my mind – a human head with extremely long pointed ears, almost as if they were to be disguised as antennas. However, there was no “human” hair on this creature… So, it shot straight up from the pile of pots, but what happened next totally threw us all in a spin. It reached it’s maximum “launch” height, and hung suspended in mid air for about half a second when suddenly its wings burst open into a full spread, RIGHT in front of the porch spot light. I could not believe what I was seeing – it was a perfect slender human female body with wings attached along the entire side of it’s body, from fingertips to toes and then some. “Her” body was solid and silhouetted against the light, but her wings resembled the skin of an ear lobe, almost like a bats wings. Being in front of the light, I could somewhat see through her wings and actually saw the veins that carried blood throughout her body. Her skin I assume was a pale green pigment, and I say “assume” because her entire body and wings were covered in what looked like tiny white hairs – but there was something “magical” seeming about her hair because it carried a definite soft green glow around her entire entity. I drew pictures to try to describe how she at first appeared wrapped up in her wings, and then how she opened up to a full spread “X” figure. She was a combination of human and butterfly, with a biological twist of bat.

Now, biologically, I’d say she had the body density and weight of a good sized squirrel. About 1 foot in height and body proportions that seemed identical to a human… The wings were so oddly beautiful in design the way they attached to her body and “stretched” at full wing span (which she had to do by opening both her arms and legs to get this full effect). Now here’s the next part that just doesn’t make sense – like I said, when she first shot out of the pots, she hit a high point where she was suspended in mid air for about half a second and the burst open in an instant to reveal her truly graceful form, which again she hung in mid air for another half second, making an overall 1.0 – 1.3 seconds of hang time (I try to be so accurate with timing because I am an animator and it’s ALL about timing, so I think I should be pretty accurate with that guess). But after she showed herself in this full spread form, as heavy as she seemed to be (having the seemingly biological makeup that I observed), she defied gravity and “fluttered” right over top of the table, over top of all of us (about 4 feet above the table), and off the deck and into the woods. From point A (the pots on the porch) to point B (the woods) she probably fluttered for about 7-10 seconds. It was dark outside so once she left the confines of the porch, she left the radius of light that we could see in from the spot light on the porch. She was gone in an instant once she crossed that line.

All of us sat silent for about 30 seconds, jaws wide open, until someone burst into, “Holy shits!” and the sort. We all fumbled for an explanation for about 5-10 minutes before we all just decided to accept what we saw – a fairy. Not one of us thought it anything else… Like I said, it for one split second while wrapped up in its wings resembled a GIANT moth or bat, but I could see that human head and instantly knew it was a humanoid. And once she opened her body to reveal her true form, there was no mistake – it was a real life fairy. Absolutely beautiful.

About an hour later, my girlfriend and I left my friends parents house and headed home. The whole ride home we could not stop speaking of what we saw and how it altered our perception of reality and the unknown (or lost) magics of this world… When I was younger, I used to spend most of my time in solitude in the forests and wild areas that people rarely tread. I would hear music coming from the streams and whispers in the wind – things that poets write of, but these things I truly heard and felt. In time, as I grew older, I became involved in “man’s” world and feel that the “sixth sense” (if you will) has slowly faded from my being, which breaks my heart to think about… Especially knowing that magic and beings of lore do still in fact exist. Do not ever stop believing and never turn your head from nature – that is when you stop seeing.

Johnathan Fennell

Well, there you have it! This guy was even bold enough to sign his name to the story so it would stand to reason that he either saw something or he’s got a big set.

I’ve never been one to believe in Fairy’s or other little forest legends. Although, as mentioned before, I am fascinated with Mothman. Of course Mothman isn’t quite in the same context.

Maybe these people believe they really saw a Fairy or maybe one of the group talked the others into it. I’m certainly not going to call these people liars. You just never know what’s out there until you see or experience it, I suppose.

Anyone else have a similar tale to tell?

A big thanks to our source, Phantoms & Monsters

Associated stuff:
The Chicora, PA Creature

I love Fairies
Fairy Gardens
Clapham Woods Fairy

  • I’m not saying I believe that these people saw a fairy out of mythology, but the description of the incident reads as very real to me. Be skeptical of course, but be realistic, as well, in analyzing the story. Also, I think it’s fascinating that at the current moment in our culture, the fact that they describe what they saw as a fairy makes people far more skeptical than if they’d described it as an alien.

    The most common criticism is always “Why aren’t there pictures?” As one reader mentioned, cameras are much more ubiquitous now than they were even 6 years ago, but I’d be willing to lay odds that even if that incident happened to you today, unless you’re trained as a photographer, and it’s second nature to reach for your camera, you wouldn’t get anything. If you see something that far outside your expectations, there is typically several seconds of just trying to place it into context. This would be even further exacerbated by the fact that it was a group – we’re social beings, and when a group of people is confronted with an emergency or something out of the ordinary, there is a natural inclination to look to one another’s reactions to see what you should do. This is a huge factor in people’s responses to accidents, as any first responder will tell you. I’ve been shooting for over 25 years, but I can say definitely that even if my DSLR were sitting on the table in front of me, the best shot I’d have gotten from this encounter as described might have been a fuzzy object flying into the woods. With my iPhone (arguably the best camera phone out there), I’d have gotten something even worse unless it was already in my hands, ready to shoot.

    The huge majority of people far overestimate their ability to react quickly to unusual circumstances, then nitpick stories that others tell. Yes, it’s unlikely that this group saw a fairy, but the description of the event as told, to me, comes off as very genuine.

  • To me, the best way to investigate this would be to ask the original poster for the names and contact information for the other people present, and ask him not to contact them ahead of time. It would be interesting to hear what the other people at this gathering had to say about that night!

  • JohnP

    @Scott McMan
    Yeah I can see your point, I too am an artist and this is something I just find strange that he wouldnt find the time to more acurately finish the details…

    And to your mention if I would want my name on this…YES, I don’t dont really care what people think of me if I am in the right ….but personally if I saw this it would be moral issue, I wouldnt want the X-files guys ripping through my favorite backyard.

    Not only the fact that if something was kind enough and trusting enough to show itself to me an my buds and make a memorable night like that, it would also be a question of that be something special to us too.

    I have seen a few things belive me. I appriciate the points as well as the story too.

    @Stephen Pruitt Yes very good point …about the ability to shoot, especially when you are stunned.
    Not everyone is Doc Holliday although lots of people own guns…reflex wise I am talking about.


  • Jon

    Is it possible it could have been a Tulpa? Have you guys done a tulpa article before? I’ve only been here for less than a year so might not have seen any old ones.

  • Digicom

    I found the last paragraph of his story (about his experiences as a child) to be quite telling. Perhaps it demonstrates a high sensitivity to these kinds if things. Then again, it could also be construed as a past history of auditory & visual hallucinations…

  • whipthorn

    Just out of curiosity, I did a couple tests to see how long it would take me to pull my phone out of my pocket, activate the camera and snap a photo.

    I was getting reults between 10 and 12 seconds, and thats with one of the newer Android phones with a handy camera key.

    Doc Holiday of phone-photos, I am not…

  • Jon

    Thats a good idea for a test whipthorn. I just tried myself and it took 8 seconds in total to grab my phone out of my pocket, go into the camera app and take a photo. I thought i’d be quicker than that, also if something like a fairy or bigfoot had jumped out at me I reckon I would have been a tad slower (probably by a few hours while I calmed down)

  • Jenfaer

    “my friends mom had a huge pile of pots and plants”

    reading between the lines, i see: “my friend’s mom had a huge pile of pot plants”

    that would explain a lot…

    my guess is that it was probably a bat, and when they’re flying a little wonky, and a little less recognizable, the brain tries to fill in the blanks for you and you end up with a fairy. anyway, that’s just my theory.

  • Wendigo
  • Jenfaer

    i’d thought about luna moths earlier today because i was attacked this morning by a giant moth…no joke…but that one looked more like the spawn of satan. it is a good possibility, especially since their numbers are declining. because of that, not as many people see them, so it’s probably very likely that they saw one and didn’t recognize it for what it was because they’d never seen one…if that makes any sense at all.

  • joe d

    gotta go with the “pot plants” theory and it must have been good stuff.

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