Momo, short for the "Missouri Monster", is a Bigfoot-like monster that according to legend inhabits the state of Missouri in the U.S.
Appearance: A 7ft tall, hairy, Bigfoot-like humanoid with a large pumpkin-shaped head with large, orange-glowing eyes. Additionally, Momo is said to only have three fingers on each hand and only three toes on each foot. In many of the sightings witnesses reported the monster's hair was so long that it completely covered the face. For images of Momo, click HERE.
Lore: Officially, sightings of Momo date back to the early 1970s, though Bigfoot sightings in the area trace back to the early 1940s. Perhaps one of the most noteworthy of sightings occurred in July of 1971. Joan Mills and Mary Ryan were picnicking near Louisiana, MO, of Highway 79. As the women ate and talked they smelled and awful smell and heard noises coming from the nearby woods that seemed to suggest that something large was heading their way. Standing there staring at the women was a hairy, Bigfoot-like creature. The women panicked and fled to the car where they locked the door. Unfortunately they had forgotten the car keys which remained at the picnic site. It was then the women& claimed that Momo attempted to open the car door. After blaring the horn the beast meandered back to the picnic site and proceeded to eat their food before wandering back off into the woods and disappearing. Other sightings of the beast proved even more frightening. On July 11, 1972, three witnesses reported seeing the monster covered in blood and carrying a dead dog. This would not be the only sighting of the monster carrying or eating a dead animal. The number of sightings escalated to the point that allegedly on July 23, 1972, police helped a group of hunters search for the "bear" they believed responsible for the sightings. No "bear" was ever caught.
Powers: Unknown, but Momo did exhibit signs of great physical strength and the ability to run at fast speeds.
Defense Against Momo: Momo poses only a moderate risk to people. Although there are no reports of Momo harming or killing people, the fact that he exhibits curiosity toward human may ultimately put people in danger. The best course of action would be to quietly and quickly leave the area while not drawing attention to one's self. Officially, Momo sightings stopped in the 1970s.
Trivia: There was a local UFO flap that coincided with sightings of Momo. A UFO research group from Oklahoma believed Momo was directly linked to the UFO sightings. A Director of the Oklahoma City Zoo analyzed some alleged casts or tracks of Momo and declared them to be fake.
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