On the morning of the 9th of February in 1855, residents in Devon and Dorset awoke to discover mysterious footprints in the snow. The prints were in single file and measured about 3 inches wide and 4 inches long.
Reports claimed that who (or whatever) made the tracks appeared to have vaulted a wall, crossed rooftops ran for between 40 and 100 miles, went through a drainpipe and even passed through a haystack
Explanations as to what had caused the prints include:
'The Devil, a kangaroo, a secret balloon which had been launched from a dockyard and hopping mice.'
However the possibility exists that the prints were made by piskies (pixies) who are said to be fond of dancing.
The mystery was reported in The Times on the 16th of February and the Illustrated London News on the 24th of the month
In March of 2009 the Daily Mail had a report of a Devonian woman waking up to find similar mysterious footprints in her garden