Proof the story of the isolated Raclar Cut is more than a folk tale. This creature carcass was discovered by squirrel hunter Rafe Mooney in the timber near Dark Oak, Missouri. (Photo by Charles Robi, at Robi’s General Store, September, 1985).
Photo by an anonymous hunter near Dark Oak, Missouri, taken from his trail-cam (2015).
Travis Sinclair calls this creature an aracni-ape. He has seen one of these hanging motionless from its web strand. This corroborates the findings in the Sinclair family journals dating back to the early 1800’s. According to the journals, the aracni-ape feigns death, and then pounces when its prey comes close to investigate; it also drops from the trees to kill. Travis believes this fearsome ambush predator has escaped from the elusive Raclar Cut and prowls the timbered ridges of the Ozarks.
This strange creature was caught on camera by a wandering bird watcher with a zoom lens. This photo, reported to be from 1998, has generated some contention around Robi’s General Store. Some claim it is merely a scarecrow relocated to a hayfield by mischievous teenagers. Other folks, older residents mostly, insist it is another creature from the Raclar Cut. Common sense says it is a scarecrow. On the other hand, it appears to be moving. Given that the usual concept of reality seems to be a rare animal around Dark Oak at times, perhaps this issue wants more facts before forming an opinion.
The Only Aracni-ape in Captivity.
This is a different breed. It stalks its prey.
The Ghost Thing. Have ectoplasm, will travel.