Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 25th, 2008
A big snake on a hiking path in San Gimignano, Italy. Contemporary photo, credit Travelpod.
The Irish Times for November 24, 2008, shares a tidbit from their archives, dated December 28, 1933. The article entitled “Italy’s ‘Loch Ness Monster,” actually shows the media impact of the-then beginning explosion of international interest in the new Loch Ness Monster reports.
Italy’s “Loch Ness monster,” which appeared in the Pantano Marshes, near Syracuse, Sicily, and struck a man dumb with fright for three months, has been lured out of its hiding place by music.
The “monster” turns out to be a snake, possibly between 15 and 20ft long of a kind not previously known in Italy. An expert says it may be 100 years old.
An armed expedition of 10 men set out into the marshes, preceded by a professional snake-charmer playing his musical instrument. After two hours the party found the “monster.”
One of the men said later: “About 50 feet from us was a huge serpent-like creature, bigger than anything we had expected. Two gleaming eyes glared angrily at us out of a rather crushed-looking head. Its tail beat the ground in fury and its body quivered. Two of us fired at it with both barrels, but it dropped down and quickly slithered into the undergrowth. We shall certainly go out for it again.”