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BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – March 27, 2013 – DRAGON SIGHTINGS REPORTED IN EASTERN CARIBBEAN
Local hikers on the island of St. Kitts in the eastern Caribbean have recently reported dragon sightings in and around the island’s dormant volcano, Mt. Liamuiga.
The hikers, students at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, report seeing large shadows in the persistent fog around the volcano’s crater while hiking last weekend.
“It was like the biggest bird I’d ever seen,” said one hiker. “Just this huge dark shape moving through all the fog. The heat up there was intense!”
This is not the first time visitors to the mountain’s crater have reported strange occurrences at the peak. A group of tourists last October reported seeing bursts of flame and hearing a muffled roaring sound coming from the caves at the crater’s bottom.
These dragon sightings also serve to explain why the fields of St. Kitts are constantly on fire.
“Every day you drive down the Bypass and see clouds of black smoke rising from some area or another. There are scorched fields around every turn, and no one ever seems to know how the fire got started,” a local explained. “We live in fear for our homes and our livelihoods.”
Government officials on the island have refused to confirm or deny the presence of mythical creatures on Mt. Liamuiga, insisting that the raging blazes are “controlled burns to clear fields for development.” However, locals find it hard to believe that so many controlled burns would consistently threaten the homes and businesses of island locals and visiting tourists. Many find the presence of dragons a more plausible explanation.
Experts in the field of mythological creatures have come to the island from around the world, hoping to confirm the dragon sightings.
“We are looking for tell-tale markers that would indicate the presence of dragons in the area,” said one scientist. “Things like scale sheddings, particular types of scorch marks and piles of exceptionally large excrement will let us know exactly what type of creature we’re dealing with here.”
If the presence of dragons is confirmed, a special quarantine area will be constructed around the volcano’s rim to protect these ancient creatures from human interference, as well as to protect the local population from further dragon attacks.
More information will be provided as the investigation unfolds.