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.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

FRISWELL'S FREAKY FEATURES: When wildlife fights back

The other day Alan Friswell, the bloke who made the CFZ Feegee Mermaid and also the guy responsible for some of the most elegantly macabre bloggo postings, wrote me an email.

He had an idea for a new series for the bloggo. Quite simply he has an enormous collection of macabre, fortean, odd and disturbing magazine and newspaper articles, and he proposed to post them up on the bloggo.

Alan Writes: "Yes! Welcome to Friswell's Freaky Features, an ongoing spot on the CFZ blog page where you will encounter the fun, the freaky, the frightening and on occasion, the downright horrifying. Many of these items are from almost forgotten archives and no doubt should, in many cases, have stayed forgotten. But no chance of that on this site! So be prepared to be amazed by the bizarre manifestations of nature, the abberations of the natural world and the complete (on occasion) mind-bending insanity of collective humanity. Read on...."

What a smashing idea, we thought, and so with a burst of alliteration that will - I hope - make Dr Shuker proud of me, here we go....

I'm not a vegetarian, so hunting animals for food is a pastime that I cannot be too critical of, for fear of being a hypocrite; but hunting animals purely for sport, and gloating over heads mounted on the walls of people who I always suspect of being wannabe serial killers who are too gutless for the real thing, doesn't sit well with me at all. So for the kindred spirits out there, this article from October 1951 should warm the cockles somewhat.....


Anonymous said...

Those remind me of an old shaggy dog story about a couple of country lads out ferreting one fine winter's day. The site of that day's operations was a huge rabbit warren that was built partly into the banking alongside a ditch, with many holes opening directly out onto the ditch side. The warren was apparently huge and the two hadn't enough nets to cover all the holes, only just about enough to do the well-used ones.

They were also rather concerned about the size of the warren; one ferret would do little more than worry the bunnies a little and wouldn't bolt any, whereas several would likely corner and kill bunnies, leading to lengthy excavations to get the ferrets and rabbit out. So, they compromised on a couple of ferrets and waited to see what happened.

What happened was nothing much, and to investigate further one of the men crawled out over the bank and partway down into the ditch to listen for any underground excitement. At this point a large buck rabbit decided that enough was enough and bolted, hitting the man full in the face and knocking him out cold.

That wasn't the worst of it for him, though; going round with a shiner of a black eye and being forced to admit that a fluffy little bunny-rabbit had caused it hurt far, far worse than the original injury ever did!

dinosaurman said...

Hi Dan.
Alan F here.
Yes sometimes, there is justice in the world....