One of my favorite CT critters is the Glawackus, and by “favorite” I mean “most deeply feared.” I’ve written about this fearsome creature before, and normally, I would tell my readers that the Glawackus was probably just a Fisher, a rare sight in Connecticut during the first half of the 20th century. But since it is October, and therefore a good time to scare people, I would like to warn residents of Hartford County about this creature.
The Glawackus will eat your cats, chicken, and babies if you are not vigilant. Feel free to dismiss me but Glawackus fever swept Glastonbury back in 1939 when hunters, farmers, and other people prone to wandering by themselves in or near the woods started spotting a cat-like creature with a long tail, and of a dark color. You’d think these experienced woodsmen would be able to tell you what they were seeing but instead they reported some unknown beast.
Theories were plentiful as merchants rushed to cash in on the Glawackus craze, urging people to buy all their Glawackus hunting gear and so forth. Some people thought an escaped mountain lion from Vermont could be the culprit, but unless all the people who claimed to have seen it were color-blind or retarded, I doubt that was the case. Then some genius killed a big bobcat and declared the Glawackus dead.
That was stupid, as bobcats, by definition have bobbed tails unlike the Glawackus which was said to have a long, rather luxurious tail. Though some people seemed to disagree on the exact color of the Glawackus (the discrepency seems to have come from variations caused by sunlight and the time of day) it’s safe to say no one ever described it as being spotted, like…say… a bobcat. (I found this while looking for a bobcat picture – please write to these people and tell them that they’re douchebags. I think we can conclude CT is way better than Michigan–at least we eat the deer we hunt.)
So, I think it’s pretty safe to say that the Glawackus or it’s offspring are still out there, stalking the small livestock, pets, and children of the Connecticut River Valley and possibly beyond.
Lest you accuse me of making this up here is what Wikipedia has to say:
Sightings Of The Creature
Memories of cryptozoologist, from the Cape Codder:
I was working as a young reporter on the Hartford Courant that year when World War II was in the wings. But we were preoccupied with the developing story about this Glastonbury creature that howled at night, slipped in and out of view and caused dogs, cats and small farm animals to disappear. As the sightings grew in number, so did the variety of descriptions. First it was a huge cat. Then some people reported what looked like a dog in back and a cat in front. Others saw it vice-versa. One man called to say he had seen a big animal in the pitch dark with eyes that glowed like embers. It was clear to us that this weird, unknown animal needed a name. One editor coined the word, Glawackus. “Gla” for Glastonbury; “wack” for wacky; and “us” as a proper Latin ending. It caught on like magic.
Lowell Thomas, a popular nationwide radio network commentator, reported the Glawackus had been named by a “Connecticut scientist.”
A safari was organized with two Ozark-trained hounds. The search came back empty-handed.
I may never be able to prove the existence of the Glawackus or that the hideous corpse that washed up in New London is a Plum Island freak, but you, my loyal readers, may be able to help! Have you been wandering the woods of Hebron, Marlborough, Glastonbury or beyond and run into a creature fitting the description of the Glawackus? Let us know!
For until we have pinpointed exactly what this beast is, the backyard chickens, small dogs in sweaters, fat cats, and little, annoying children of CT will not be safe!