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Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Friends, here is a selection of cryptids from English language Hong Kong newspapers, which I found whilst looking for mysteries in Hong Kong.Well, I found one Hong Kong item out of three! When I say these are cryptids, that is not strictly true. I don`t know whether or not the fish and the bear are new to science,but on the off chance they were or are I include them anyway. Wolves were reported from Hong Kong during the construction of the Kowloon-Canton Railway (1905-1910) but Jon believes these were dholes. I have e-mailed a University in Hawaii and the Bishop Museum about the fish.


This from The Hong Kong Telegraph July 1902.

The Kulu [now in N. India-R] correspondent of the Lahore paper writes thus of a mysterious wild beast that is haunting the neighbourhood:- “The, as yet unidentified animal in the south-west part of the valley, keeps on breaking open cowsheds and killing cattle, and a party of Rohilla sepoys have been sent from Mundi with orders to shoot it. Its latest iniquity was to drag the carcass of a bullock all around the precincts of temple, and eat it on the very temple steps. The natives declare that when attacked by dogs, it gets rid of its assailants in a very ingenious manner by pelting them with pieces of beef and while the dogs,which are generally half starved, are enjoying this most unexpected and extremely welcome supper, it makes good its escape. Wood cutters state that, on more than one occasion, they have come across an entirely new kind of beast in the jungles- a very large bear,head, body and hindquarters black, chest,forelegs and belly brown, like a red bear. If this is true, it looks like a cross between the black and brown bears, a hybrid I have never heard of before. Another woodman`s story that he saw this half caste attacked simultaeneously by two black bear`s, both of which it killed by knocking them over the “khud”! (1)

A QUEER FISH Circular Silver Body and Red Snout.

From The China Mail May 1922

A fish of a species hitherto unknown to science, caught by a Japanese fisherman 13 miles off shore at a depth of 1,200 ft is on exhibition at Honolulu and is exciting great interest.

The specimen weighs 150lb and is flat and almost circular. Silver predominates in the colouring of its body, with its fins and snout of scarlet, and the dorsal,about 18 inches long, spotted with white. The head is mottled with dark grey and black, and the eyes are round and about 4 inches in diameter.

DR C.H. Edmondson, ichthyologist at the University of Hawaii says that the specimen is not classified in any available scientific work. The fish will be presented to the Bishop Museum in Honolulu (2)


The Hong Kong Telegraph February 1938

An alarming experience is reported by a resident of the Colony who went for a walk in the Tytam Valley yesterday evening, which suggested that an Alsatian dog has run wild on the island and is by way of becoming what is known as a “killer”. In fact, it is possible that there are two of these animals, perhaps male and female, and if this is so, and they breed, the prospects are disturbing……” I had a very clear view of the animal: it appeared to be a wolf in every respect, but as I know there are not supposed to be wolves on the island I decided it was an Alsatian. Its slinking manner, unkempt coat and the fact that it had not even a collarshowed that it was a stray, probably run wild. This wild trait was almost immediately afterwards proved in an alarming manner.”Hardly had the brute vanished from sight than I heard a rustling coming from among the thick undergrowth on the bank on my left hand side…….Recently villagers in Aberdeen and Little Hong Kong [ in the `30s these were small fishing communities on the south side of Hong Kong island not far from Tytam-R] complained that pigs had been killed by some large animal there.

“Is a pair, and potential pack, of wild Alsatians, in every way as dangerous as wolves, hunting the Tytam-Deep Water Bay-Little Hong Kong area? If so, the animals should be destroyed as soon as possible. Incidentally, there has been a noticeable dearth of wild barking-deer in that vicinity these past few months, compared with previously, and the explanation seems obvious!” (3)

1 The Hong Kong Telegraph July 30th 1902.
2 The China Mail May 24th 1922
3 The Hong Kong Telegraph February 3rd 1938.



( I am not a racist, I`m fond of the Japanese, after all they found the above mentioned fish in 1922 and a plesiosaurus, oops, sorry chums, a basking shark in 1977…!)

I`ve got your picture of me and you
You wrote “ I love you” I wrote “me too”
I sit there staring and there`s nothing else to do
Oh it`s in the color
Your hair is brown
Your eyes are hazel
And soft as clouds
I often kiss you when there`s no one else around

I`ve got your picture, I`ve got your picture,
I`d like a million of you all `round myself
I want a doctor, to take a picture,
So I can look at you from inside as well,
You`ve got me turning up and turning down
I`m turning in I`m turning round

I`m turning Japanese
I think I`m turning Japanese
I really think so…etc,


Retrieverman said...

"Alsatians"-- a term I can't use because of Teutonic heritage-- were actually banned from Australia for many years because there was a fear that they would go feral and breed with the dingoes, creating a super sheep killing wolfish creature.


The proper name for the breed is Deutsche Schaferhund. "German shepherd dog."

It did not originate in the Alsace-Lorraine at all. Indeed, the landraces from which these dogs descend were found in Wurttemburg and Thuringia. Thuringia is in Eastern German-- nowhere near Alsace-Lorraine.

The reason why the term is used for this breed is an anachronism. I don't believe the whole English speaking world is blasting away at the Jerrys in the trenches these days, so maybe it would be time to actually call this breed by its proper name. On my side of the Atlantic, we've always called them by their proper name, although in the direct translation from the German.

I've always found this a little peculiar. I say this as I prepare my lunch of Braunschweiger and mustard.

Oh and BTW, Windsor is actually Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

Retrieverman said...

I find these concept very weird.

German shepherds are wild?


The breed is derived from dogs that were used exactly as border collies are used in he UK.

They look like wolves because the sheep fear dogs that have wolfish features more and thus more easily move the them. There is some evidence that Max von Stephanitz may have used a wolf as an outcross, but I have found no good evidence of this.

Stephanitz bred a strain of wolf-like shepherds from the general herding landrace that was found throughout the German countryside. There are dogs still exist, and not all of them are shepherd-like.


More on the history of the breed here:


There are two breeds that have been developed through crossing the GSD and the wolf.

The Saarlooswolfhond from the Netherlands: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saarlooswolfhond

And the Czechoslovakian wolfdog:


These are not casually bred hybrids. They have wolf ancestors but they have been bred to be dogs. They aren't exactly like GSD's, but they aren't unpredictable the way that many wolf hybrids are.

The Belgians and Dutch have very similar dogs.