Los Angeles is home to a surprising amount of downright creepy attractions. One of those places is the old zoo at Griffith Park. This wonderfully odd destination features more than its fair share of freaky sights and sounds. The zoo operated between 1912 and 1966, which is when the famous Los Angeles Zoo opened.
Today, most of the grounds are open to the public to explore. But you can sometimes encounter more creepiness than you've bargained for when visiting the property, as Redditor TBruno09 learned the hard way.
I'll let him tell you part of the story in his own words:
"For those of you who don't know, there's a place located in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, that contains the remnants of an old zoo. There are still some old cages and buildings on the grounds. Although all of these things are boarded up or barricaded, people still sneak in and graffiti them. It's honestly a little creepy. I typically take all my visiting guests from out of town to see it because it's so unique.
This story takes place in the ranger house on site. They sealed it a little while back, but you can see into it through a small hole. We didn't go in, but i poked my head in and noticed a small stovetop and some bedding. There was a dark corner in the back that I couldn't see into, and it made me feel uneasy. After our initial visit, we went back. We returned to the ranger house only to find that the hole was torn open, and there was blood on the metal fence surrounding the area."
Seeing that the hole was big enough to pass through, he decided to go in.
Once inside, he found a mysterious note that spoke of "The Hiding Man." Apparently, people on the grounds have spotted a frightening man roaming around the property at night with a flashlight. Could this have been the person who was living in the ranger house? That's a possibility. In any case, this figure is terrifying enough for someone to have left a note warning people to stay away. What's weird is that all of this happened in the week between TBruno09's visits.
Nothing like a crazy person living in an abandoned zoo to inspire a horror movie screenplay.
According to fellow Redditors, what TBruno09 saw may have been part of the annual haunted hayride that the city sponsors at the park. Still...I wouldn't take any chances by going back there for a second look.