The Alabama White Thang: A Cryptid of the Deep South

Alabama: White Thang
White Thang image courtesy of FunWearVm – Remember, descriptions vary and nothing is exact. This is only an imagined depiction of what this cryptid may look like.

Have you ever heard of the Alabama White Thang? No, that’s not a typo. Thang is how some people in Alabama pronounce the word thing. And the White Thang is a legendary creature that has been sighted by many people in the northern part of the state since the early 1900s.

What is the White Thang? Well, that’s a good question. Depending on who you ask, you might get different answers. Some describe it as a huge, hairy beast that stands on two legs, is about 8 feet tall and has glowing red eyes. Others say it looks like a white lion or a kangaroo with a cat’s head. Some even claim it can shape-shift into different forms.

But one thing that most witnesses agree on is that the White Thang is fast, agile and terrifying. It can run on all fours or stand upright. It can jump over fences and climb trees. It can emit a loud scream that sounds like a woman in distress or a foul smell that makes you gag. And it can disappear in the blink of an eye.

The White Thang is mostly seen in a triangular area between Morgan, Etowah and Jefferson counties, where it lurks in the woods and fields. Some of the places where it has been reported include Walnut Grove, Moody’s Chapel, Happy Hollow and Wheeler Wildlife Refuge. But it has also been spotted in other parts of Alabama and even in neighboring states.

What is the origin of the White Thang? No one knows for sure. Some speculate that it is a genetic mutation or an escaped exotic animal. Others suggest that it is a supernatural being or an alien visitor. Some even believe that it is a guardian spirit or a protector of nature.

Whatever it is, the White Thang has become a part of Alabama folklore and culture. It has inspired books, documentaries, songs and art. It has also attracted curiosity seekers, researchers and hunters who want to find out more about this elusive creature.

If you are interested in learning more about the Alabama White Thang, here are some sources you can check out:

  • Alabama’s ‘most mythical creature’ is one you’ve probably not heard of
  • What is The Alabama White Thang?
  • Alabama folklore: Have you seen Bigfoot or the Alabama White Thang?

But be careful if you decide to go looking for the White Thang yourself. You never know when it might show up and give you a scare!

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