Must be something about the warm weather. Once the sun comes out, so do the cryptids. Or at least the people who claim to see them. A new report (of somewhat dubious providence, but credible enough to make it on Cryptomundo) indicates that rural Mexico experienced a spate of Mothman sightings right before the outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus. For the uninitiated, the Mothman is the name for a mysterious creature spotted around Charleston and Point Pleasant, West Virginia between November 12, 1966 and December 1967. It was also the subject of the not-terrible film The Mothman Prophecies.
The last sighting of the Mothman in West Virginia occurred just days before the collapse of the Silver Bridge, which killed 46 people. Thus, the Mothman is popularly believed to be a harbinger of disaster. Or a compulsive bridge-collapser. The legend is not completely clear on that point.
So, it makes a certain sense that the Mothman would appear shortly before the outbreak of a pandemic that will no doubt kill us all. Here's what the article says:
The last sighting occurred on March 9, 2009, about a month before the virus hit and killed dozens.
The creature was sketched by witnesses in rural Mexico – the same place where the swine flu originated – and was dubbed “Man Bat.”
Though he believes there have been about 30 [sic] Mothman sightings in Mexico over the last few months, Coleman says it’s not necessarily a case of “cause and effect,” but rather something worth noting.
No doubt, many will claim there is a rational explanation for all of this. Indeed there is: I humbly submit that those who claim to have seen the "Man Bat" have acutally spotted Batman. I mean, it's right there in the name. Also, here's a sketch of the Man Bat:
And here's a picture of Batman:
The similarities are immediately apparent.
I'm not sure why the Dark Knight was nosing around Mexico prior to the Swine Flu outbreak, but I won't question his motives. Mostly because he's freakin' Batman.
So there you go. Mystery solved, courtesy of Nunc Scio. And Batman. We must never forget to thank Batman for all he does, every day.