In early April of 1986, people living around the little known Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant began to experience and witness strange events related to a mysterious creature which was described as a large, dark, and headless man with huge wings and piercing red eyes.
People who experienced the strange happenings began to call the winged beast as the Black Bird of Chernobyl.
The reports of the mysterious happenings kept increasing until the morning of April 26, 1986, when at 1:23 am, reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant suffered a disastrous steam explosion that resulted in a fire which caused a series of additional explosions followed by a nuclear meltdown.
The nuclear power plant located near Pripyat, Ukraine, Soviet Union, discharged a plume of radioactive fallout which had a catastrophic impact over parts of the Western Soviet Union, Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavia, the UK, Ireland, and eastern North America.
The discharge of radioactive fallouts had a terrible impact on large areas of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia.
Affected areas were evacuated and left around 336,000 people looking for a home.
In the history of nuclear power, the Chernobyl accident is considered to be the most hazardous accident that the mankind has ever witnessed.
Considering the gravity of the situation, Soviet helicopters were dispatched to the place of the accident, equipped with special fire fighting gear.
The helicopters revolved around the nuclear power plant while dropping clay, sand, lead and other extinguishing chemicals on to the burning facility.
The catastrophic fire was put out by the fireman by 5 AM.
Firemen were unaware of the nature of the fire, and assumed it to be some regular fire caused by electrical circuits.
They received overdoses of radiation leading to many of their deaths, including Lieutenant Vladimir Pravik, who died on May 9, 1986.
Interestingly, the firemen who survived the initial blasts and fire, but later died because of radiation poisoning asserted that they witnessed a strange creature which looked like a large black with a 20 foot wingspan, gliding through the swirling plumes of irradiated smoke pouring from the reactor.
However, no further sightings of Blackbird of Chernobyl were reported after the disaster, leaving the researchers baffled that what exactly was haunted the workers of the plant during the days leading up to the disaster.
It is asserted by many that the Black Bird of Chernobyl could be the same creature spotted in Point Pleasant, West Virginia leading up to the collapse of the Silver Bridge on December 15, 1968.
It is suggested by researchers that the appearance of these creatures is a bad omen in itself.
Intriguingly, the physical appearance of both the Black Bird of Chernobyl and the Moth-Man, the creature sighted in West Virginia, is believed to be very similar.
Even, the reports of nightmares and threatening phone calls were made in both cases.
The second theory which is less accepted indicates that Black Bird of Chernobyl was nothing but the misidentification of the black stork.
The Black stork is an endangered species endemic to southern Eurasia and stands nearly 3 feet tall and has a wing span of nearly 6 feet.
However, this does not explain the disturbing nightmares and the threatening phone calls.
Moreover, the physical appearance of a black stork is different from physical description given by the majority of eyewitnesses who actually saw the Black Bird of Chernobyl.
Both the Moth-Man and Black bird of Chernobyl has not been spotted ever since the disaster, so all we can do is to wait for it to show up again.
Ansh Srivastava is the founder and paranormal researcher of Infinity Explorers. What began as a grad school hobby is now a paranormal blog, with millions of readers coming to his site for interesting weeknight Mysteries and astonishing paranormal encounters