Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009


The saga of aberrant white tailed deer continues with this video that has apparently been on YouTube for about eighteen months. I was sent a link to it this evening by an old friend of mine called Danny Miles, whom some of you may remember from my books The Blackdown Mystery and Monster Hunter. This film was taken in Ohio, but it rings a bell in my psyche. During the winter of 1963/4 my family were on leave from Hong Kong. We were staying just outside Ringwood in Hampshire, and spent much of the time exploring the New Forest.

My parents made friends with an elderly naturalist called Major or Colonel somebody, and he took us out watching fallow deer, and on a couple of occasions we caught sight of a semi-legendary white fallow stag that lived in the depths of the forest.

I was always reminded of that when I read the last chapter of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and this piece of video brings it all back vividly. Thanks Danny.

1 comment:

Paul said...

I lived in Sway in the New Forest between 1989 and 1993 and there was a white deer in the New Park, Brockenhurst area. We saw it a few times late a night whilst cutting through the woods on the way back from the pub, always a rather spooky sight!

Paul, Exeter