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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Sunday, October 24, 2010

MIKE HALLOWELL: Northern Long-tailed White-hooped Squirrel

The other day I was told an interesting tale by a reader of one of my newspaper columns, informing me of a curious encounter she had whilst out shopping. I've had a few curious encounters myself whilst getting the groceries in; normally with police officers, obnoxious children and those seeking donations for obscure charities. I have never, however, had an encounter with a cryptid as this woman allegedly had in the vicinity of her local Netto store.

Her tale goes something like this: at 4.30pm last Wednesday she parked her car and walked towards the entrance of the supermarket, fully intending to purchase a range of exotic fayre with which to please her spouse and offspring, of which she had one of the former and three of the latter. Her mission was interrupted, however, by the appearance of a decidedly odd thing. The thing, she said, was something like a large gerbil but it had a very long tail and two white hoops encircling its nut-brown coat. The creature – which I have provisionally named Geordicus loonyata, or the Northern Long-tailed White-hooped Squirrel – scampered off in the direction of ASDA (possibly preferring their two-for-one deal on frozen peas) and was never seen again.

To all CFZ bloggers and readers, I would make an appeal: can you tell me what this creature was, what the hell it was doing in Tyneside and most importantly, would I be given a bloody big reward for catching it? END


Dale Drinnon said...

How large is "large" in this case?

Geordie Paranormalizer said...

Shecsaid it was about nine inches in length...