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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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Saturday, November 16, 2013

TODAY'S BIG CAT ROUND UP



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 are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why, sometimes, you will read stories here which appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology, but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking. 

  • NEWSLINK: Big cats help answer important research...
  • NEWSLINK: Oldest big cat fossil found in Tibet
  • NEWSLINK: No snow leopards for Colorado big cat f...
  • SIGHTINGS USA: Midnight big cat report in Maryla...
  • SIGHTINGS USA: BIG CAT: Bobcat Photographed In Ank...
  • SIGHTINGS USA: Mountain lion presence confirmed ne...
  • NEWSLINK: A Well-Told Tale of A Daring Big Cat Res...
  • VIDEO: Big cat panther sighting!
  • VIDEO: Black Panther - Panthera onca at Xcaret Riv...

  • VIDEO: Jaguar

  • CRYPTOLINK: Fact or Fiction: Tracking Bigfoot in Kentucky

    A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 



    LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) In October researchers in Dallas released new information from the Sasquatch Genome Project claiming there is now DNA evidence proving Bigfoot is indeed no longer a myth, but rather a human hybrid living among us.
    During that announcement video of what researchers believe is a female sleeping near Crittenden, Ky was also released.
    Whether you think the video is real or not, according to researchers there have been hundreds of sightings of the creature here in the state.
    So is it fact or fiction?
    WKYT's Amber Philpott hits the trail with one Kentucky man who is always searching for Bigfoot.
    Along a quiet country road in Henry county there isn't much out of the ordinary, or is there?
    "I heard a g-r-r-r and I just froze, crickets stopped, it was an eery silence," said Bruce Tandy.
    The night of September 27th Tandy says he was pulling onto a road in Henry county leaving a friend's home.
    What happened next after flipping on his headlights still has the veteran farmer and hunter spooked.
    "That's when sitting right there on the road in my rear view mirror was something, and all I saw was like the mid section of a big hairy creature that had arms with fur about 3-4 inches long," said Tandy.
    Tandy still can't be sure what he saw that night.
    "I was scared to death, I always thought you know it would be cool to see one, not just right next to me," said Tandy.
    Some will swear what Tandy encountered was Bigfoot itself.
    When asked if Tandy believes he saw Bigfoot he said that was the first thing that went through his mind because he knew it wasn't a bear.
    The love affair with bigfoot has been going on for decades, with countless reports and grainy sightings.
    Since 1997 Charlie Raymond has headed up the Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization and says he has 274 reports of sightings in Kentucky in his database.
    "We take reports from people here in Kentucky who have seen something out of the ordinary," said Raymond.
    He says Kentucky is a hotbed of activity for Bigfoot sightings with reports all across the state.
    "Typically in Kentucky they are usually dark brown, little bit of red tint to it and usually stand at least seven feet tall," said Raymond.

    MUIRHEAD'S MYSTERIES: Giant grasshoppers in Hong Kong

    The text here is a transcript of a conversation between several people including myself on Facebook a few days ago on the subject of giant grasshoppers in Hong Kong, after I noticed a photo on the Lamma Forum of a very large grasshopper there. It seems that there are grasshoppers in Hong Kong at least as big as the world`s largest grasshoppers which are about 12 cm long. 

    Richard Muirhead