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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, July 24, 2012

BIG CAT NEWS: The Beast of Bangor

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 by us in some way, 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 Animal Caught on Camera Outside Bangor
MPBN News
"This was clearly a big, big black tom cat from a distance and once you took a few moments and had some size referencing, it became fairly evident that it wasn't a big mystery cat, it was just a big kitty cat," Kemper said. The wildlife biologist ...

This is all we have today. A beast which wasn't!

Mummified cat mystery as reader appeals for information about Wisbech curiosity

A WISBECH Standard reader asked today if anyone can explain the mystery of a mummified cat alongside Nene Quay, Wisbech.

Anita Bowles contributed these two extraordinary photos of the mummified cat which after coming across them.

“I was walking along Nene Quay when to my astonishment we passed a mummified cat just leaning against the wall,” she said.

“I’m curious as to how the cat got there? He clearly looks old. I’m wondering if someone has found him in the walls as they were renovating the house due to the old custom of bricking up cats, to ward of evil spirits.”

She added: “I hope someone can shed some light on why and how this cat came to be leaning against the wall?”

Email: john.elworthy@archant.co.uk

“I was walking along Nene Quay when to my astonishment we passed a mummified cat just leaning against the wall,” she said.

“I’m curious as to how the cat got there? He clearly looks old. I’m wondering if someone has found him in the walls as they were renovating the house due to the old custom of bricking up cats, to ward of evil spirits.”

She added: “I hope someone can shed some light on why and how this cat came to be leaning against the wall?”

Email: john.elworthy@archant.co.uk

mummified cat 2

http://www.cambstimes.co.uk/news/mummified_cat_mystery_as_reader_appeals_for_information_about_wisbech_curiosity_1_1455779

BIG CAT STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Whilst the focus of the CFZ Mystery Cat study group is predominantly the search for proof of the British big cats, it would be unrealistic to forget that this is only part of a global mystery-cat phenomenon.

Here are a selection of mystery cat related stories from around the world.

Snow Leopard News: Climate Change, Radio Collars, Heart Troubles and a ...
Scientific American (blog)
Wow, this is quite the week for snow leopards (Panthera uncia) with not one, not two, not three but four interesting stories coming out about these endangered big cats. Let's start with the bad news. Climate change, as you might expect, could soon create ...

Leopard strays into village on city outskirts, injures 5 persons
Times of India
The big cats have a tendency to cover long distances during night. In one stretch, they cover about 30-40 km. The stray leopard too might have walked a long distance to reach the city's outskirts. The big cats are also known to walk along the rivers, canals and ...

Cougar spotted in Buffalo County
WQOW TV News 18
He tracked one in St. Croix County back in 2009 when a trail camera captured a photo of the big cat. "We had snow conditions; tracks everywhere," Carstens remembers. "The landowner and myself walked through the strip of corn on the edge of the woods ...

HEMET: 'Mountain lion' likely studly bobcat
Press-Enterprise
Early Tuesday, I was alarmed to spot a massive cat trotting in front of me along Mojo Trail as I ascended into Simpson Park above Hemet on my mountain bike. I was sure I was right behind a mountain lion on the cool and misty morning, though the big ...

HEMET: 'Mountain lion' likely a studly bobcat
Press-Enterprise (blog)
They instinctively chase deer. The wild cat was about the size of a large boxer and was a deep reddish brown. It was much larger than typical house-cat-sized bobcats. I did not see the telltale long tail of a mountain lion. The muscular cat disappeared into the ...

Endangered snow leopards find hope in protective hands
Casey Weekly Berwick
The big cat's secretive and elusive nature, coupled with the treacherous landscape, make dens extremely difficult to locate, according to Panthera. ''We have spent years trying to determine when and where snow leopards give birth, the size of their litters, and ...

India's Supreme Court bans tourism in wildlife parks in effort to save endangered ...
Washington Post
NEW DELHI — India's top court has banned tourism in tiger reserve forests across the country in an effort to save the endangered big cat. Lawyer Wasim Kadri says the Supreme Court has also announced stiff penalties on Indian states that have not created ...

Big cat in Cheshire CT « Connecticut Mountain Lion
By JP
Big cat in Cheshire CT. Yesterday about 10a.m. I looked out the window and crossing the yard was a very large grey brown cat. Weighed about 70-80pounds and was carrying something in it's mouth, an animal that was about 5-10pounds and ...

Micke Grove Zoo forced to euthanize snow leopard
Stockton Record
LODI - Visitors to Micke Grove Zoo might not remember the name of Ling-shan the snow leopard, but they might recognize seeing the big cat lying on the grass at the front of his exhibit. That was one of Ling's favorite resting spots, according to zoo officials, ...

Extra-territorial tales of state's big cats
Times of India
On April 25, the forest team safely tranquilised the big cat and sent it to Dudhwa. A tiger had killed six people in Deoria range of Pilibhit and two in Khutar range of Shahjahanpur forest division between May 3 and August 26, 2011. The big cat from Pilibhit was ...

Spotted! Software Identifies Leopard Previously Seen On Camera Trap
RedOrbit
Scientists identified a familiar leopard in a recent photo showing the big cat dragging the grisly remains of its prey across the ground in an Indian nature preserve. Using a computer program that quickly analyzes and compares the spot patterns of leopards, ...


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OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1976 Viking 1 took the “face” photograph of the terrain of Mars, so called because it looked like a face. More recent photos of the area have shown that the face is actually a normal hill but by chance was made to look like a face because Viking took it's photo from the right angle and at the right time of day for the shadows to create an optical illusion.

And now the news:

Red Hair Is a Sign of Oxidative Stress in Wild Boa...
Lobstermen finding more odd colors in the catch
MoEF calls for action plan to save Great Indian Bu...
300,000 Caribou Huddle Together To Avoid Insects
EU to ban destructive deep sea fishing?
What we know and don’t know about earth’s missing ...
Electricity pumps artificial jellyfish through wat...
Red kite fledglings rescued after becoming 'waterl...
BP Oil Spill May Have Contributed to Dolphin Death...
Many Countries Failing to Prevent Illegal Wildlife...

It's the freakiest show:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v--IqqusnNQ

HAUNTED SKIES: Sun (The) 31.10.67.


I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

It is another gloriously sunny day here today; Graham will hopefully have finished the roof repairs by the end of the day, and we shall be prepared for the next bout of rainy chaos. All things being equal, we shall go away for a few days tomorrow. We will be taking mama-in-law back to Oakham, and staying with her for a few days so we settle her back in. Therefore, I shall be doing all my bloggystuff on my old laptop, so normal service may be disrupted for a while...

I have only been in Los Angeles twice; both times just the airport as I was in transit to somewhere else. I still smoked in those days, and after a mammoth transatlantic journey I was gasping for a fag, and so I went in to the bar, ordered a beer and took my B&H out of my pocket. The next thing I knew, a security guard had pulled a gun on me. It was not an impressive start to my relationship with the City of Angels, but I would go through it all again to be able to see one of Michael Des Barres legendary live shows in support of the 'Carnaby Street' album...
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/michael-des-barres-band-rock-roll-party.html


After nearly ten years of publication, my favourite magazine has ceased to be. I was really fond of 'The Word' even though they kept on refusing to print anything by me. I did think that they had lost their way a bit in recent years, but it was still the best monthly read for people with my tastes, and I shall miss it sorely.
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/a-word-to-wise.html


I have been promising to write a review of Helen McCookerybook's incisive investigation into the role that women played in the British Punk Rock movement for some time. It is an extraordinary book, that covers some aspects of music historiography that are very dear to me. I hope that each and every one of you goes out and buys it. Yes. I mean YOU!
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/helen-mccookerybook-girls-allowed.html

Watching the comings and goings within 'Yes' is a fascinating occupation for those of us who enjoy such things. Bizarrely, despite recent events, both Chris Squire and Jon Anderson seem to be keeping the door open for some sort of reunion. Both parties are creating some great music at the moment, and it will be interesting to see what happens.
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/jon-anderson-says-door-isnt-closed-for.html

I was really enjoying following the progress of the story that we posted the other day, where organisers of a festival apparently claimed that followers of Hawkwind are a socially undesirable bunch. Having shared my house with a Hawkwind freak for many years I can say that this ain't necessarily so. However, now the aforementioned festival organisers have retracted the statement. Awwww. I was so looking forward to seeing how things panned out.
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/hawkwind-fans-are-not-undesirable-and.html

Our Eric's star is certainly in the ascendant at the moment, and he is getting all sorts of interesting and supportive reviews from around the world. There are so many that I am having a hard time keeping up with them all..
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/erik-norlander-review.html

And so, my friends. That is it for today. I will be back in some shape or form tomorrow.



DALE DRINNON: A return to the Cedar and Willow universe


Just to catch you up on the other blogs, Two New Cedar And Willows Finished Overnight: The Hero Known As The Falcon (and Birdman, not quite colouring him in so dark in the TV cartoons because it was "Controversial" at the time):http://cedar-and-willow.blogspot.com/2012/07/el-aguila-el-poder-negro-falcon-and.htmlAnd another little excursion regarding the Aikins family, Warlords of Atlantis, and the Women Known as Fury:http://cedar-and-willow.blogspot.com/2012/07/supplementary-info-and-powers-on-later.html

Two blog articles apiece are waiting at the Frontiers blogs, but Blogger is being buggy again.

THIS IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN: Chupacabra and Chicken Mariachi Band Print