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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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

ARCHIVING PROJECT: General Forteana Part 43

As you know, Oll has been working on the archiving project since early February 2009 and he is now working on a general mish-mash of a section known as 'General Forteana.'

This 43rd collection once again really is a collection of completely uncategoriseable stuff, including pigeons in the library, a mini wasp, a Naval mascot cat, orange blackbirds and tons more. Good stuff.


ROBERT SCHNECK: An Unexpected Sloth

While rifling through my new favourite blog, 'Ugly Overload' I came across a picture of a two-toed sloth emerging from an outhouse's essential feature.

Considering that sloths are usually in trees, you might think that someone dropped her in there, along with the pup clinging to her belly, as a surprise for the next customer. In fact:

'Two-toed sloths in Peru have begun a recent trend of scampering (can sloths even scamper?) into latrines to eat human waste. Why, you ask? That's a good question, and surprisingly, there are several possible answers. Our feces (or at least, Peruvian feces) might have nutritional value. Maybe it's the insect larvae crawling around on the feces. Or maybe it's all the salt in the urine. Researcher don't know for sure. '

Read more (and see a picture of the unhappy baby sloth) at:



So much for them being cuddly pyjama case thingys that only eat bamboo. Max sent me
this yesterday. It is, however, on BBC Russia so I cannot embed it. I was looking for an alternative version of the video, which shows a panda killing and eating a peacock, when I found the following:

Should we continue to allow these monsters near our kids?


The first volume of BioFortean Notes is now available.

The online BioFortean Review articles will continue, but those are primarily briefer articles. The print publication will focus on lengthier material, or subjects that are more appropriate for a print venue.

This first volume has six articles. Subjects include recommendations for publishing cryptozoology data in professional peer-reviewed journals, American ibex folklore, freshwater seals, the Hungarian reed wolf, a mystery freshwater fish from North America, and a bipedal reptile sighting from Nevada.

Details at:

Interested authors for volume 2 should feel free to contact me with article proposals. I might try to put volume 2 out in late autumn or so.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1942 Ian Dury of the musical group Ian Dury and the Blockheads was born. He gained fame requesting to be hit with repeatedly by a rhythm stick at varying speeds and in a number of geographic locations.
This reminds me of a story I saw recently in the local news about a Blockheads tribute band that had got themselves into a spot of bother; Their singer had been jumping around on the stage getting very animated indeed during his performance of “Reasons to be Cheerful” when he fell off the stage and broke his leg and arm. He got taken to hospital due to his 'Ian Durys'.
And now the news:

Russia's 'kiwi' came from closer to home
White van men swipe British black bees
Woman Accused Of Avoiding Animal Cruelty Charges F...
Man airlifted to hospital after fight with cat

Swimming cat, loves to swim:


This is about 1.5x the size of a common wasp. Seen near Stoke Ferry, Norfolk. I'm sure it's easy to identify, but I've not yet succeeded. Help please!

Thanks again
David Newland

DALE DRINNON: Is the Nandi Bear actually a bear?