From 1939 until 1960, the scariest tree monsters were the fruit-flinging, foul-mouthed angry anthropomorphic apple trees who hurled their fruit at Dorothy and the Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz.” In 1960, the late great Stan Lee created Groot, the extraterrestrial, tree-like creature who came to Earth to capture humans for experimentation while uttering its only words: “I am Groot!” Groot later evolved into a good tree eing and eventually spawned the popular Baby Groot. We know both the Oz trees and the Groots are fictional … right? A woman in Connecticut isn’t so sure. She reported seeing a possibly extraterrestrial tree monster running at a high speed across her yard while screaming at the top of its … do trees have lungs? Was it her imagination or did he see a real Groot? A tree monster? A tree deity? An Ent from “The Lord of the Rings”? Some other mythical shapeshifting tree being? Or something else?
“I was driving down my driveway when a bipedal creature about 4 ft tall and about as wide as my thigh (I'm 5'6" 140lbs so not big) ran out of the woods to my left, across my driveway and into the woods/yard of the property on the right. It was about 10 yards away. It looked like a tree on legs with small arms.”
The unnamed witness believed she encountered an extraterrestrial being, which is why she made her report to NUFORC (the National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report). The incident occurred on August 3, 2022, in Oxford, a small residential city in southwestern Connecticut. The witness states that she lives on a 14-acre wooded property that is surrounded by more woods – the perfect location for a tree-like creature to hide out in. In her NUFORC report, she claims to have been 10 yards from the creature – close enough for a first down but not close enough to grab a branch or a leaf. However, she got a good look at it.
“No visible curves, hips or shoulders. Just straight. It was brown, skinny, no fur or hair, lightning fast and light as a feather. Almost looked like it wasn't even touching the ground.”
Does that sound like any of the usual grey ETs? The creature “looked like it wasn't even touching the ground” so it should come as no surprise that the witness notes that it didn’t make a sound while moving. In fact, there were no sounds in the woods at all … as if the animals and birds went silent in the presence of this strange creature. Perhaps they too, like the witness, could not figure out what it was.
“When it ran it didn't prance like most animals or run like a human. Its legs were moving as if you were pedaling a bicycle. I saw the back and a bit of the right side of it. I didn't see the front or a face. I didn't see a tail, ears or any other body parts a normal animal or human would have.”
Picture a tree pedaling a bicycle – that image is closer to a human’s running gait than any animal. Was she witnessing some sort of horticulture humanoid? While she said there was no sound being made by the creature nor any animals, she remembers a second encounter one night two months before where she heard an ear-piercing scream that was nothing like the two owls hooting just moments before. Putting those to events together, plus the fact that she was cold sober on both occasions, the witness came to this conclusion:
“I don't know if it was for sure an alien but I don't know what else it could be. I did not see any craft or anything although I wasn't going to walk thru the woods to look either.”
Based on her report, would you conclude this witness saw an extraterrestrial tree being? A Groot? Stan Lee’s Groot was created in 1960 as a Flora colossus from Planet X, the capital of the branch worlds. Their oft-repeated “I am Groot” utterance is the result of their woody larynxes which make all of their word impossible to understand. The Flora colossi are actually trying to carry on conversations, but it all sounds like "I am Groot" – a point of frustration for both the Groots and everyone else. It should be noted here that the sound is not the ear-piercing scream reported by the Oxford witness. However, the rest of the description could fit a small Groot or, dare we say, a baby Groot.
Could the Oxford woman have seen a real version of J. R. R. Tolkien's Ent? Gandalf’s friend Treebeard, was 14 feet (4 meters) in height – much taller than the 4-foot creature in Connecticut – and seemed to be more loudly powerful rather than speedy and silent. Perhaps what the witness saw was a manifestation of a tree spirit. The dryads were tree spirits or nymphs from Greek mythology, with different versions associated with different trees -- the Daphnaie were nymphs of the laurel trees, while Epimelides were nymphs of apple and other fruit trees. However, the tree nymphs were much closer to humans in appearance than the being reportedly seen in Connecticut.
Many cultures believe in tree deities which are often their goddesses of fertility. The Yakshis are mythical tree maiden deities of Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain mythology, while in Thailand the tree ghosts are the female Nang Takian and Nang Tani, although a few are also male. While Native Americans have strong connections to trees and tree spirits and often refer to them as forest people, there are few if any legends of trees running through the forests of Connecticut or any other areas of North America.
So, what did the witness in Oxford, Connecticutt, see running across her property? What did she hear attempting to out-screech the owls in the nearby forest? Did she encounter a new form of extraterrestrial? A Tree ET? The National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report has no comment, nor does its database have a category for tree-like aliens. For now, we’ll have to wait and hope someone in Oxford has another encounter with the alleged tree-like alien.
One thing is for certain – there are plenty of people, especially young ones, who would love for this to be the first real sighting of a Baby Groot.