The Loveland Frogman… Person… Thing
If you’re looking for an idyllic small town to visit which even offers guests its very own castle, Loveland Ohio is a must see for sure. However, if you thrive off the weirder side of life like I do, Loveland have another peculiarity to offer.
First gracing the world with its presence in 1955, The Loveland Frogman, also known as the Loveland Lizard, has been known to frequent the water ways of the Miami River in Clermont County. Dunno why it’s called the Loveland Frogman. Should be the Loveland Adjacent Frogman. To this day, well relatively recently since the last sighting happened in 2016, the Frogman has spawned his way into the heart and soul of this county.
So How Would You Know You’ve Spotted The Loveland Frogman – what to look out for
The weird little amphibious cryptid is said to stand between 3 – 4 ft tall, and has a leathery, grey skin. The face of the creature is what gives it its name. It appears to have a quasi-reptilian or amphibious head. Furthermore, it is noteworthy to mention that the Frogman is bipedal. All accounts of the Frogman report the creature, and in some cases, creatures to be standing on two legs as opposed to four. In total, there are four noteworthy cases to discuss with regards to the Loveland Frogman, so, without further ado, let’s get to it!
The First Reported Account – 1955
So, as I’ve already mentioned, the first account of the Frogman took place in 1955. However, the man who witnessed the creature only came forward a decade later to recant his tale. Why, I don’t know. Perhaps he was wary of public scrutiny. That seems to be a common fear in small towns. Furthermore, it is important to note that there are three tales of this one story circulating. So, we’ll be discussing a bit of an amalgamation of all of them.
Early one morning, 3:30am to be exact, a lone travelling salesman was making his way home when he happened upon a strange sight. He witnessed three small men, huddled together along the side of the road. As he drew neared, he noticed their bizarre appearance. So, he pulled his car to the side of the road, and sat for what he accounted as three minutes to watch the bizarre gathering.
As he observed the men, he noticed they were all particularly small, standing between only 3 – 4 ft tall. Stranger yet, he noticed that their skin was a pale grey tone, and seemed to have a leathery texture. He also noticed that all three of the men bore webbed hands and feet. But the kicker for the anonymous salesman was the fact that they had undeniably frog like heads. Furthermore, he noticed that where their hair should’ve fallen, all there was was grey rolled skin – like fat rolls.
As the man was about to depart, something bizarre happened. One of the frog people drew what could only be described as a wand, held it above its head, and the wand proceeded to emit a dazzling array of blue and silver sparks. With that the man had seen enough and decided to nope the fuck out of there.
Now in some accounts, the man in question was actually named, said to be one Robert Hunnicutt. In other accounts there were four frogmen as opposed to three. In an even trippier account the frogmen people are wearing weird space parachute pants. Some people say the account happened in 1957, some say 1952, but the general consensus was that it took place in 1955. So, as you can tell, the broken telephone game was played hard when it comes to the truth of this tale.
An interesting this to note however was that local police did account for UFO sightings having been reported around the same time of the first Frogman encounter.
So next up, and almost 17 years later, we set the scene for the two most prominent frogman sightings in the area.
At 1:00 am on March the 3rd, 1972, an anonymous police officer was driving down Riverside road headed for Loveland. Due to the chilly weather and the account of the roads being particularly icy, the officer claimed to have been driving slowly. That’s when his eyes caught sight of what he thought to be a dog on the side of the road. Without warning, the creature suddenly scurried across the road in front of the police cruiser.
Luckily, the officer was able to stop the car before colliding with the animal. But this is where things get freaking weird as balls. Suddenly, the crouched animal stood fully erect, glaring into the police cruise. The officer was thoroughly shook and reported that the thing stood between 3 – 4 feet tall, and had a greyish, leathery skin. Furthermore, he reported the beast to have the head of a frog. After the stare down, the frogman proceeded to hobble to the side of the road, where it climbed over the guard rail and disappeared into the bush.
Later that evening, a second officer was deployed to investigate the scene. While he saw no frogman, he did recall there being definite scratch marks on the guard railing where the creature was said to climb over.
Next, only two weeks after the initial sighting, officer Mark Mathews was driving into Loveland. Suddenly, he spotted what he thought to be an injured or dead animal lying on the side of the road.
His heart lurched and he quickly pulled over to see if the animal was hurt. Ok I’m lying. He didn’t do that. I’d do that because I love animals. The fart just got out to remove what he thought to be the corpse of the animal from the icy road. Yes, he actually thought it was dead not injured. But as he approached, the creature suddenly lurched into a crouched position. This startled Mathews and he spared no time reaching for his holstered revolver.
He quickly shot at the creature. Wounded, the beast then slowly hobbled across the road, ever the while keeping a watchful eye on the trigger happy officer. As it reached the end of the road, it once more made its way over the guard rail and disappeared into the darkness.
However, this is where things start to get juicy. Some thirty years later, Officer Mathews decided to renege on his initial statement. In an email interviewed conducted in 2001 with the then retired police officer, Mathews goes on to state “It was and is no ‘monster’. It was not leathery or had wet, matted fur. It was not 3-5 feet tall. It did not stand erect. The animal I saw was obviously some type of lizard that someone had as a pet that either got too large for its aquarium, escaped by accident or they simply got tired of it. It was less than 3 feet in length, ran across the road and was probably blinded by my headlights. It presented no aggressive action.”
When asked why he had shot at the creature, Mathews explained that he was only trying to save face for his co-worker. As one can imagine, the anonymous police officer’s initial encounter had been met with great deals of scepticism and ridicule, and Mathews was merely trying to do him a solid and clear his crazy name.
In some accounts, I read that the men decided that the creature was nothing more than a pet iguana on the loose. One whose tail had been removed for some or another reason.
Why the change of heart some thirty years later, no one knows. Some people think Mathews himself was met with ridicule from those around him. But whatever the reason, that’s his story and he’s sticking to it.
The Frogman In Recent Times
The final notable account comes from a little more recent days. 2016 to be precise. One afternoon, Sam Jacobs and his girlfriend were out playing Pokemon Go! However, the pair were said to be in Cincinnati, a half an hour drive. Who knows, maybe the frogman was out on the town like the love struck couple.
The couple were the first to actually capture footage of the frogman. However, instead of helping the frogman cause, this led to more doubt.
And in all honesty, I see why. Their air quote footage of the frog person is just ridiculous. It looks like a clown in a garbage bag with two car head lamps glued to its head. If anything the pair paid one of their buddies to get dressed up in order for their to document the reclusive ‘frogman’. Teenagers…
What’s That Creature?
So, especially on account of the wand situation, a lot of people have speculated the frogmen to be aliens. That seems pretty plausible and would also explain why they are so hard to spot. Perhaps that alien digs Loveland and likes to visit there when swinging by earth? But in all honesty, I cannot say that my heart is sold on the alien theory.
So then can it be a cryptid? Perhaps. However, a few things give me doubt in this stance. The frog people seem to be pretty organized. While I do believe animals to be sentient, I don’t think they’re capable of hosting road side meetings, wearing pants on their own accord or using wands. Furthermore this guy has no folklore recants and has been spotted a total of three times in one of America’s most highly populated states. Maybe it is a crafty alien who visits occasionally, but I’m not sold on that.
So if it’s not a bird, and it didn’t come from a plane, what do I think it is?
It seems like the more I do these poddys, the more sceptical I become honestly. And you’ll see why in a second. I once again am siding with the reasonable explanation. Where has my whimsy gone, I implore you! Ok, so I’m going to level with you. Initially I thought it was absolute hokum to believe that the frogman could even remotely be akin to an iguana. As far as I know Iguanas are not 4 feet tall and most definitely not bipedal. Boy was I wrong. It’s time fooooor! I was today years old! Apparently, the spiny-tailed iguana is one of the lizards known to instantaneously switch from running on four limbs, to bipedally. Scientists speculate that it developed this capability to reach higher speeds faster.
Furthermore, the black spiny-tailed iguana can grow to be up to 5 feet in length. So, I was hit with a double whammy of I was today years old!
All things being equal, and considering the 2016 account – in opinion – was a hoax, I think I am going to side with reason and perhaps back the iguana theory. Initially I thought it didn’t stand a chance but after finding out about that spiny-tailed bipedal thing I’m pretty sold on team iguana.
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