Could this be the legendary "goatsucker", scourge of livestock? I don't know. Probably. At this point, anything is possible.
So why the rash of monster-related news? Either some unforseen consequence of global warming is driving these creatures out of hiding, or we're all in the midst of some mass hallucination. I suspect it is some combination of a slow news cycle and a collective weariness with cynicism, The world seems so bleak these days, perhaps we all just need something a bit unusual to focus on.