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Wednesday, September 23, 2009


The quality of the newscaster on this piece suddenly makes me feel very middle aged....


Richie said...

Now, that is crypto!

Well, from what little I can tell, it looks humanoid with the head, arms, and nipples in the approximate location of humans.

It is sad that they killed the creature.

Retrieverman said...

This piece should tell you a lot about the state of journalism on this side of the Atlantic.

It's a three-toed sloth, of course. Most likely it is Bradypus variegatus, the brown-throated species.

These things aren't bad swimmers, and it would make sense that one would get lost swimming and drown. Sloths have a lot of algae in their fur, which is the result of their slow moving ways and living in a warm, damp environment. When this sloth drowned, the fish probably ate at the algae in its fur, eventually pulling it out.

Interestingly, the Isla Escudo de Veraguas off the coast of Panama has its own species of Bradypus, called the pygmy sloth, a good example of insular dwarfing.

Andrew D. Gable said...

Yes, the media in America... leaves a bit to be desired, we'll say that. There was a case recently where there was a Bigfoot sighting here - a typical one, no outstandingly bizarre features - and the local media basically made a complete ass of the witness and, by extension, anyone who believed the story.

And then they do things like this, and trump up as the champion case of the unexplained something that is clearly anything but.