Tuesday, September 22, 2009
When we went to Ireland last week I forgot to take some of my medication with me so for a glorious week I had very little diabetes medicine, and none of my anti-bonkers pills, so I was as high as a kite when I got back, on a mixture of tiredness and blood sugar.
During my abscence Graham retrieved my errant medication from the chemist, and as soon as I returned to base I started taking it properly again. However, the net result of this is that I slept almost incessantly for the next three days, and even now I am still feeling a little groggy. I also had 4,000 emails waiting for me on my return plus a whole slew of other stuff, so please be forgiving if I am a little behind with my correspondence.
To change the subject a tad, your thoughts and prayers are appreciated for Noela Mackenzie, the oldest CFZ member, who - at 87 - is uprooting herself from her home in Kingsbridge to move to Bideford so she can be nearer the CFZ; to Maxy who starts university this weekend; to Lizzy and Dave who are each going through (unconnected) life dramas; to Marjorie Braund, still in Bideford Hospital (I saw her yesterday evening) waiting her final last ditch bout of radiotherapy; and to my brother's family who have kittens each time the telephone rings, and will do until he is safe home from Afghanistan.
The BBC have just reported:
One of the most elusive of all wild cats has been photographed deep in the jungle of Uganda.
Three images of a wild African golden cat were taken by a digital infrared camera trap set up by biologist Dr Gary Aronsen of Yale University in the US.
To his knowledge, just one other image of a wild African golden cat has ever been published. Although taken in black and white, the new photos reveal this particular golden cat actually has a dark coat.It is worth noting I think that Heuvelmans himself suggested that a new subspecies/colour variant of this species was responsible for the stories of the nunda or mngwa, a fearsome East African mystery cat.
I was just about to start writing up a description of this wonderfully obscure cryptid when I found out that dear Lindsay, already did it last week so I shall just rejoice in the fact that there has been another minor piece of cryptosynchronicity, and go and have my breakfast.
I am not sure how much I approve of this latest trend in politics. Online petitioning is not - to my mind - ever going to make a jot or tittle of difference in a world where money matters more than morals, and power matters more than people. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has already shown his true colours on a number of occasions where the environment is concerned, and I doubt whether clicking an online petition is going to have any effect whatsoever, apart from help condition an entire generation into believing that direct action is no longer relevant.
However, the organisation behind this petition (The Center for Biological Diversity) are good people, and the cause is a just one:
Today, approximately 120 Florida panthers are left in the world. These majestic animals are threatened on all sides by rapid habitat destruction from human encroachment and development.
Some panthers still roam throughout Florida, but breeding panthers are only found in southwestern Florida on 5 percent of their original range, which used to extend throughout the whole Southeast. They face imminent extinction without our help.
Our government is required by the Endangered Species Act to protect imperiled species on the brink of extinction. But the Florida panther was listed in 1967, and this vanishing animal’s home still hasn’t been protected -- more than 32 years later!
Even more irritating, it is being described as a 'Montauk Monster'. It ain't a monster, and it ain't from New York's Montauk business district like the dead raccoon that washed up there a few years back
I know I am rapidly becoming a grumpy old sod, but this `branding` of unknown animals, especially when they are relatively benign, is beginning to get annoying.
It's a dead sloth by the way...
Thanks to Judith J, Liam P, and Kithra amongst others who drew my attention to this peculiar tale.
Read the whole story on Kithra's blog
James, the husband of Regan Lee, the CFZ Oregon Rep, suffered a major heart attack on Saturday night. Regan writes:
"He is still in the hospital; hopefully we can go home tomorrow. The heart attack was a biggie; there's a family history of fatal attacks (father, uncle, grandfather) in their late fifties/ early sixties. We were very fortunate to have realised something wasn't right and get him to the E.R. right away. Medical staff have been fantastic".
Join with us all in remembering Regan and James in your thoughts and prayers to whichever deity you believe in.
From: "archivist (Mike Lynch)" <email@example.com>
Subject: 09212009 Killarney lake monsters
To: Richard Muirhead <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I have searched our records here, and can not come up with anything beyond folklore references to any lake monsters in Killarney or elsewhere in Kerry.
One reference is to a "piast" or serpent that was supposed to have been tricked by a local saint (Cuan) into putting a cauldron on its head forever. Lore has it that its back appears every May Day, but not its head as the cauldron still covers it.
(from: "Triocha Chead Chorca Duibhne", by An Seabhac).
The Schools Folklore Collection for the Killarney area also refers to the Lake Horses of Cúm na gCapall (pronounced Coomnagopple). The person relating the tale states: "Now it is well known that all Irish Lakes have a guardian spirit, which often takes the appearance of a horse, sometimes a serpent or "worm"." (from: Schools Folklore Commission Reports, 1937/38, Lough Guitane School, S454, pages 305-307).
Other than these 2 references, I can find nothing on lake monsters.
Archivist, Kerry Library
Tel: +353 66 7121200
Email: email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
He has a working knowledge of every human fossil find up until his graduation and every important Cryptozoological sighting up to that point.
He has been an amateur along on archaeological excavations in Indiana as well as doing some local tracking of Bigfoot there.
Now he is on the CFZ bloggo....
The last issue of Pursuit that I ever received had part 1 of a two-part article on Tatzelwurms. It was Volume 22, whole number 85, date not listed, and despite repeated requests to the then editor I was never able to learn if the part 2 was ever published. It had an illustration of an Austrian tombstone allegedly depicting a pair of Tatzelwurms that had struck a farmer down by poison. The Tatzelwurms are shown as fairly ordinary lizard-shaped creatures of large size; perhaps human size. The original was lost and I have a suspicion that the farmer died of fright rather than of any poison. It was from this tombstone (or "votive stela from some shrine") that Ulrich Magin formed the opinion that the Tatzelwurm was the same size and shape as the Japanese giant salamander, but of more terrestrial habits. This was published in an earlier issue of PURSUIT.
While I was on the same search that turned up the Altai petroglyphs which resembled Irish elk, I found a depiction of another tombstone that seems to show two Tatzelwurms on it. This was from a site in the Russian language.
I had also mentioned on another occasion that certain "Pictish" monuments depict what appears to be a similar lizard-shaped "Dragon" from Scotland and Ireland in the Dark Ages. I consider certain of the Water-monsters in that area to be of the same type.
During the middle to late part of the Age of Mammals, the giant salamanders seem to have inhabited a large territory of Europe, Asia and North America: and although reports of the type are in much more spotty distribution in the modern age, they still occur from time to time all over that same general area.
Furthermore, their skeletons can be entirely cartiliginous, which means that their remains "Melt away without any trace" as some of the traditional stories have it. And it is also possible that as salamanders their skin does indeed secrete a noxious toxin (That would be Ulrich Magin's statement and not mine)
It’s the latest cryptozoology news, and today it has a whaley flavour:
A ‘whale meat again’ joke would be in poor taste….