Nearly every region of the globe has its local myths and legends. Some, like the famed blood-sucking chupacabra, span several continents, while others act as local gossip. (What really happened in that house on Dyer Lane, hmm?)
But you’d be hard-pressed to find anything like the urban legend about an unusual man in Greenock, Scotland, whose story is sure to keep you up at night.
For starters, he’s not a myth—he’s totally real. His name is the Greenock Catman, and he’s equal parts horrifying, curious, and unforgettable!
Greenock, a bucolic fishing town just 25 miles west of Glasgow, Scotland, is known as a comfortable and beautiful place to visit. Tourists come from all over to enjoy the scenery. It’s also home to the mysterious Greenock Catman.
The Greenock Catman story is similar to the local lore of mythical creatures like the chupacabra or Bigfoot. Sightings of this bizarre figure have dated back as far at the 1970s, but most documentation has occurred in the last 20 years or so.
Covered in what appears to be soot, the Catman is said to have eyes that glow like those of a cat, and he is almost always crawling. Is it because he has problems with his legs? Or is it because he prefers to be close to the ground like a cat? No one can be sure.
If you’re wondering what someone who calls himself the Catman eats on a daily basis, all you have to do is look at a cat’s diet. That’s right: he eats rats straight off the street! He’s also been known to rummage through garbage and pick out any raw meat he finds.
The first real evidence that the Catman was human and not some sort of mythical beast came in 2000 when he was caught on film for the first time. No one is sure exactly where the footage took place or who was behind the camera, but the images are startling…
The clip of the Catman was so widely shared at the time that even Greenock social workers took notice. Everyone wanted to know who he was, where he came from, and what, exactly, his story was. He was too bizarre not to be at least a bit little intriguing.
Some said before becoming the Catman, he was a Russian sailor stranded in Scotland. Others claimed a local mob beat him so badly he couldn’t walk, or that he’d escaped a mental institution. There were plenty of theories as to the Greenock Catman’s origin, but the actual truth was a mystery.
The townspeople leave him food and water, though he’s not seen as often as he once was. There has been concern that he may not be well, and all of the years of poor dieting and unhealthy living conditions finally caught up with him.
Even though people don’t see him very often, they still return to the street where he’s been seen most frequently. Unfortunately, most of the visitors who go in search of him come back with no stories to tell.
Even though sightings are minimal nowadays, one thing is for certain: the Greenock Catman is real, which makes his story even spookier. Watch the video below to see what the townspeople of Greenock, Scotland, say about him. You’ll be surprised by some of their opinions!
There’s no denying that the Catman is as weird as he is frightening, but we can see why people care about him! Let’s just hope he’s doing okay.
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