One late night in 2001 in West Virginia, a witness named Linda and her husband were going home along a road called Slip Hill near Parsons.

"We were almost to the end of it and up ahead the lights of our trucks shone on two red eyes. I thought I was seeing things. I asked my husband, 'What was that?' and he said, 'I don't know, but it has red eyes'. When we got up to the place where we saw it, we stopped. My husband who was driving rolled down his window and was looked down over the hill, but could not see anything. The whole time we were setting there, I was getting a bad feeling coming over me. I kept asking him to please go. I was really scared. I just kept imagining it jumping up and grabbing him. I could feel that is what it was going to do. Finally, I did get him to get going. He was very scared as well. I must say my husband is not one to scare very easy and no animal has ever made him feel the way he did that night."

Eyeshine is a visual effect produced by the tapetum lucidum ("bright tapestry" In Latin), a layer of reflective tissue found immediately behind the retina in many vertebrates, increasing the light available to the eye's photoreceptors and thereby improving night vision. Green eyeshine is common in cats, dogs and raccoons, while horse often display blue eyeshine, and red eyeshine is seen most often is coyotes, opossums, rodents and birds. Animals with heterochromia - two different-colored eyes, may also display red eyeshine from a blue eye, while showing yellow or green eyeshine from the other. That said, without an estimate of size for the Slip Hill creature, speculation as to its identity is pointless.

Strange West Virginia Monsters by Michael Newton
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