All of us in northern climates have seen footprints in the snow and wondered what they were, whether then were cats, rabbits or squirrels, but I do not think that many of us thought that they may have belonged to the Devil... February 8, 1855, in Devon England, after a snowfall footprints appeared in the snow. The footprints were about 2 inches wide and 8 inches apart. and appeared to have been made by something with cloven-hooves. What makes the footprints interesting is that they ran in straight lines for a total for more than 100 miles. The footprints traveled over houses, rivers, fences, etc. The footprints were found on top of houses and even entering and leaving drainpipes.
Some residents of the area claimed to have sighted devil-like creatures in the area. The sightings combined with the cloven hoof footprints led to the name Devil's Footprints.
What caused the footprints? Suggestions have included
- Mice - how could they have traveled in straight lines for 100 miles in one night
- Kangaroos - where did they come from? How did they travel through small drain pipes?
- Weather Phenomenon - none are known
- Hysteria - perhaps there were not as many tracks are reported and perhaps they were not as similar as reported
What could have made the footprints? Was it natural or unnatural? Luckily for the residents of Devon, the Devil has not returned.