In 2008 I was living with my ex-boyfriend, and was pregnant with our daughter. We lived in a back one bedroom "guest" house behind his parents' home.
When they moved into their house back in 1993, the guest house was not there. The whole backyard was overgrown brush, with a small open-aired shack where the guest house now stands. My ex's father told me that the shack had cages attached to the walls and there were scratch marks on the walls also. The cages looked rusty, so they had to have been out there for a while. Around a tree in the backyard they found a bone buried shallowly. They thought it was a dog's bone but had it checked out and it turned out to be a human radius bone. Weird.
Well, back to the story. We would always hear weird noises in the backyard at night. One evening, close to the event this post is mainly about, my ex's mother was standing in the backyard smoking a cigarette with her friend. She said she felt a gust of air over her head, and saw a black shadowy figure quickly shoot over their heads toward the tree. They both screamed and ran into the house and told us what happened. We laughed at them and told them jokingly it was an alien coming to get them. After that night, whenever we heard a strange noise, we would say it's the alien living in the tree.
About a week later, give or take a few days is when it happened. My ex and I were in our back house, with me in the bedroom and him in the living room watching TV. It was around 1:00 AM. Suddenly the dogs that were in the pen at the side of the front house started barking uncontrollably. They were growling and barking as if they were very scared and trying to get at, or away from, something. All of a sudden, something was on top of the house. We heard a "galloping" noise on top of the roof and a strange wailing sound, but it wasn't the wind. There was no wind that night. I ran into the living room and grabbed him and we hugged each other, freaking out. The galloping continued for a few more seconds. It sounded as if there was a horse on the roof running in circles. Whatever it was it sounded large, there was no way it was a bird, opossum, or raccoon. The galloping suddenly stopped and the dogs were still going crazy. Then all of a sudden, a huge piece of the tree in the backyard fell on top of the house and in front of our front door. We looked out the front window to see a huge branch snapped off and came crashing down on us. We opened the door, climbing through all the leaves that were obstructing our path. My ex's parents came running out, asking if we were okay, and insisted we get in the front house as soon as possible.
We ended up sleeping in his mother's room, and not too long after laying down we awoke to an extremely eerie yowling noise off in the distance. It sounded inhuman, and like no kind of animal we have ever heard. It was low, and sounded horrifying. All of us in the house heard it, but it didn't happen again.
One of my friends that lived near where this took place, also experienced something similar. His backyard had a wall separating his yard from a large field the size of a football field. One night he heard his dog crying and barking, so he went out to see if he was all right. While outside, he told me he heard a scratching sound on the other side of the wall. He grabbed his dog and started to run inside, but heard a weird "voice". It sounded human, but not human at the same time. Then suddenly, it yowled this terrifying wailing noise, then it went totally silent. My friend told me it was the scariest sound he has ever heard. The thing is, he told me this long before I experienced what happened to my ex-boyfriend and I.
I have told others this story before and everyone says it was a mountain lion, cougar, raccoon, owl, you name it. But none of those gallop. Also, we were in Los Angeles, near no areas where larger wildlife live. We were not in a rural area, it was a city.
I still wonder what caused it to this day. If anyone can help me out with this, or has any idea what this could have been, please feel free to comment.