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Friday, February 13, 2009


A very peculiar news story has just been published by the Falmouth Packet Newspaper.

"It was between 4pm and 5pm when Sam Bradbury left work and decided to go for a walk along the coastal path. Halfway around she spotted something moving in the bushes, but was unprepared for what she says she saw. She said: “I assumed it was a bird or maybe a dog being walked that was rustling the bushes. I stopped as I got nearer, when I realised it was neither.

It was a little bigger than a dog and had the face of a cat with eyes that were glazed over and luminescent like a lion’s at night. It left when it saw me but appeared to only walk on two hind legs much like a kangaroo would and had behind it a bushy tail like a fox.”

This story is very peculiar, not only because I have absolutely no idea what this creature could be, but because the aforesaid footpath is right in the middle of Owlman country. There have been no owlman sightings reported to us since 2002, but as we know from our own experience opver many years it is a particularly strange bit of woodland.

Richard Freeman, our Zoological Director suggests that it looks like a springhaire or springhaas, a south African rodent that looks superficially like a small kangaroo. They are kept in several British zoos, and as they are not in the slightest bit endangered, and not covered by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act it would not surprise us at all if they were kept locally by a private collector.

We know someone in the Falmouth area has a taste for exotic rodents because, a few years ago, we had a report of a jerboa turning up at Falmouth Art College.

Richard Freeman is contactingThe Falmouth Packet as we speak, and will be getting in touch with the original witness. Ain't Fortean Zoology grand!


Richard Freeman said...

It could also be an aye-aye but who the hell would be keeping aye-ayes in Cornwall.

It also looks somewhat like the fictional Bake-neko, a deamonic shape shifting cat in Japanese folklore!

MoodyHeLL said...

hahaha.. it was a sibling of the black lion... =]

Eve said...

The cat could also be a Twisty Cat, which is an unfortunate feline with deformed front legs. It is forced to walk on its hind legs as its front ones are too short and useless. If so, it won't last long in the wild, being handicapped.

satarina said...

This sounds very similar to a creature we've had here in the southeast US for awhile - the Wampas or Wampus cat. Here's a link with some basic info: http://furry.wikia.com/wiki/Wampus_Cat