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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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

BOB SKINNER: Racoon dogs in Wales

File:Tanuki01 960.jpgDear Jon,
See the following link for a video of the 2 racoon dogs caught in Wales.
Best regards
Bob Skinner

1 comment:

Carl said...

The black fox photographed and then unfortunately killed on the road in Bassingborn, Herts, was discovered to have Raccoon dog in its ancestry. Bio-medical sciences lecturer Helen McRobie from the Anglica Ruskin University extracted DNA from material taken from the remains in the hope of discovering the mutation causing the foxes black fur. She did find one gene related to pigmentation but also discovered the samples to be very similar to that of the raccoon dogs bred for fur in Russia suggesting these species had been hybridised for the fur trade. Helen was Kind enough to send me some hair and tissue samples for further testing.