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, April 08, 2012

BIG CAT NEWS: Ireland, Scotland and Northamptonshire

The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived in some way by us, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in.

It takes a long time to do, and is a fairly tedious task, so I am not promising that they will be done each day, but I will do them as regularly as I can. JD

Mystery of capital's big cat sighting
The Scottish Sun
POLICE teams searching for a vulnerable mum were stunned when they spotted a BIG CAT. The unit had been drafted in by cops in Edinburgh after a two-day-old baby was found abandoned in the street. Officers were desperate to find the tot's mother, ...

I don't know about you guys, but I am always more impressed when the cops see a big cat when they are looking for something else entirely. It gets rid of any suggestion that they are doing a Captain Ahab and smelling cats where there are no cats..

Mystery big cat spotted in Derry - Northern Ireland, Local & National ...
A large cat described as resembling a panther has been spotted in Co Londonderry.

There are very few details, so it is practically impossible to comment on this sighting. However the law until recently has been different in Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK, and big cats were kept legally, and more widely than on the mainland..

Panther sightings are causing a stir
Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph

Reported sightings of a panther-like cat are causing a stir in the north of the county. Several people in Gretton have reported seeing a large black animal in locations near the village. And, after speaking to people who claim to have seen the panther, ...

No photographs and a quote from a village resident, that he believes the reports.

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