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One of the first reports of this flying creature was made by Duane Hodgkinson who was stationed northwest of Lae, near Finschaven, PNG as part of the Army cavalry in 1944. About noon one day in August he was walking down a trail through a clearing in the forest when he was startled by a crashing in the brush. As he watched a large bird-like creature ponderously rose from the ground, circled and flew away. A forensic videographer interviewed Hodgkinson in 2004 and found his testimony to be credible.
Several people have traveled to Papua New Guinea in search of this creature. Their mission to prove whether or not the Ropen exists or to discredit mainstream views on the age of the Earth. The only evidence Gates left with was video footage of what looked like two glowing orbs (well it more like pulsated than just glowed). No explanation could be found as to what it was. In 2009, MonsterQuest investigated the creature but walked away with no evidence.
Is it possible Ropen exists? Or is it plausible this is simply a case of misidentification? Or perhaps it is all a hoax.
Smithsonian Magazine - Don't Get Strung Along by the "Ropen" Myth
Creation Wiki - Ropen