The first time I recall mention of whangdoodles was when I read about them in William Least Heat Moon's first book, Blue Highways. He took off in a van for a year, following the roads on atlas maps marked in blue - secondary highways - then wrote about his experiences. He was somewhere down south when the locals warned a particular reservoir was haunted by whangdoodles. I think he was a hopeful skeptic and decided to camp at that reservoir. All through the night strange banging and noises surrounded his van. Just because a world renown author writes about his experiences with whangdoodles is not scientific proof that they exist.
Every night when the sun goes down, I have to go into the chicken pen, find the three new hens and physically stuff them into the coop. They are afraid of Big Hen, I suppose, since she bullies them every day. I do not know what I am going to do to convince them they need to roost in the safety of the coop. For now, I have to put those little chickens to bed in the dark.
Last night was a starry night. It was the kind of night I love the most: cold, calm, and beautiful. After "tucking the chickens in", I was thinking of going to visit the horse persons when a loud, organic sound came from the general direction of the barn. I cannot describe the noise. It was surely made by a large animal, maybe a cow or even a horse, except I have never heard either animal make that particular noise. It could have been the noise a cougar makes when it yawns. You know, like right before it decides to attack a human being? Except the dogs would have been going crazy barking at a cougar. The dogs did not even appear to acknowledge the sound, as if they had not heard it at all.
I stood in the dark a long time watching the dark outline of the barn, hoping to see if the horses were up there. I never saw anything move but I gradually got the feeling that the noise I heard was probably a whangdoodle, so I came back to the house and locked the doors.