The legend of the Fresno Nightcrawlers explained

Deep in the heart of the dark and untamed land of Southern California, there lurks an enigmatic beast whose very name conjures images of a suntanned Jake Gyllenhaal or an X-Man at a mall: the Fresno Nightcrawler, the San Joaquin Valley's own unknowable living riddle. Since first appearing in security camera footage in 2007, it has ignited the pilot lights on the imaginations of those wary of the Truth and its position Out There.

But what is the Fresno Nightcrawler? What secrets does it hold? By its very nature as a cryptid, little is known about this inexplicable face on the faunal stage. Its presence in grainy home footage leaves more questions than answers. Its drives, for now, are a mystery. Perhaps we won't understand until it's already too late. There is, however, one fact upon which we can all agree:

It looks a lot like a pair of comfy pants.

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According to the Fresno Bee, the first sighting of these baffling ambulatory PJs was captured by an anonymous Fresnan on a front yard security camera in 2007. Said citizen brought the footage to Univision, hoping to find answers, but was left unsated. From there, the video made its way to paranormal investigators, eventually winding up in the hands of the SyFy docuseries Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, who brought the possibility of independently pedestrian pants to the masses and deemed them "unconfirmable."

Since then, the original Fresno Nightcrawler film has gone viral, racking up well over a million views on YouTube. More videos, generally of the "determinately faked" variety, have popped up over the years, and sightings of the creatures have been reported in such far off and exotic locales as Poland and a little bit further west in California. Current possible explanations for the sightings, as listed by its Cryptid Wiki, include "an extraterrestrial being," "a primate with short arms," "a misidentified gazelle standing upright," and, most importantly, "pants."