4/1/2005 - Prehistoric Pterodactyl observed on Hackensack River

Prehistoric Pterodactyl observed on Hackensack River

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently released an image of a Pterodactyl hovering over the Hackensack River just south of Foshini Park.  According to government sources, the image was taken last August by FWS scientists who were sent to investigate multiple sightings of the creature over the last year or so. 

 

The Pterodactyl is a flying reptile of the order Pterosauria. They existed from the late Triassic to the Cretaceous Periods (228 - 65 million years ago) with the earlier Triassic species having long, fully toothed jaws and long tails.  Until recently, the creature was thought to be extinct.


Just last week, scientists also uncovered fossil remains of a T-rex in Montana which contained soft tissue with fully intact DNA strands.  This discovery has led many to wonder if other prehistoric animals had been discovered and if secret efforts to clone them were successful.  Further fueling the rumors, a new bio-tech research firm in Hackensack recently announced that it had successfully cloned a Havanese Silk Dog, a breed that has been extinct since the early 1950’s.

 

Pterodactyloids are carnivores. They eat fish which they catch at the surface of the water.  They also eat mollusks, crabs, and insects.  They may also eat small to medium sized mammals.

 

Government officials say residents probably do not have much to fear.  Only one Pterodactyl was seen and there have been no reports of attacks on humans.  However, the City Health Department has received an “above average” number of reports concerning missing pets, mostly from owners of cats and dogs who let their pets outside.  

Anyone who sees the Pterodactyl should report it immediately.  Do not try to capture or feed this animal.

(April Fools)