This Week's Weird News

A pair of potential Bigfoot sightings, an ornery rhino facing off with an unfortunate zookeeper stuck inside a car, and a 'visionary' in Texas who had her story go up in smoke thanks to some unearthed security camera footage are among the strange and unusual stories that crossed our desk this week.

Our old friend Bigfoot left a big impression on the news this past week by way of three stories featuring the famed Sasquatch. First, a couple driving along a dark road in the mountains of Utah captured footage of a strange anomaly on the side of the road that many believe to be the elusive crypid. Meanwhile, a researcher in North Carolina shared evidence of what he suspects was his own encounter with Bigfoot earlier this month. And, on a different note, a landscaping company enlisted the help of police after their six-foot-tall Sasquatch statue was stolen in the dead of night.

This past week saw a pair of videos featuring animals misbehaving in decidedly different ways pop up in the news. There was a capuchin monkey in a Chinese zoo who was caught dramatically smashing a glass wall in its enclosure with a sharpened rock. In contrast to that diminutive creature, a monstrous rhino at a safari park in Germany was filmed charging at and flipping a car that contained an unfortunate zookeeper who was violently tossed inside the vehicle. Fortunately, the shaken worker emerged from the battered car with only a concussion and a few bruises.

By far the most bizarre story of the week emanated from Texas, where an alleged visionary who claims to be communicating with the Virgin Mary was seemingly busted faking a miraculous event. After causing a stir in the local community in recent weeks with alleged revelations and messages from Heaven, the woman was filmed by a security camera at a religious center surreptitiously dropping a rose on the floor and then watching as astounded people plucked the flower from the ground after she told them that it was "a miraculous gift of the Virgin Mary." Suffice it to say, local Church officials were not amused and exposed the hoax by releasing the video as well a statement declaring her story to be a complete fabrication.

For more strange and unusual stories from the past week, check out the Coast to Coast AM website.