The Awful of southern Vermont was primarily sighted in the early 20th century. Sightings all but vanished for 50+ years, until there was a chance sighting in 2006.

The Awful has been described as a large, griffin-like beast. It has four claws, a pair of bird-like wings, and a tail like a serpent's. The Awful's wingspan is over 10 feet. As it has been sighted feasting on crows, it is known to be carnivorous.

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