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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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Thursday, December 26, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot Report Deer Hunting Incident (Arizona)

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. 
Date of incident: 1960. Person wishes to remain anonymous, but this is his story:
When I was very young, my family went deer hunting every year. That was before Arizona was overrun with transplants (residents from other States), and hunting was just a matter of buying a license and a tag at the local Circle K or K-Mart. No lottery system like today where native Arizonans get drawn to hunt every eight or nine years apart. There were no restrictions to what area you could hunt once you bought a tag. You had the entire State to hunt!
My Family usually hunted the area around Springerville including Escudilla MountainsBig Lake and Show Low which is now known as Area 1. The hunting event was a big to-do for the entire family and extended families. We would circle the eight or nine trailers and tents into a big family pow-wow and spent the whole week camping and hunting.
Usually, the men (the hunters) would leave camp very early before dawn to start the hunt, and most would return about lunch time. They would leave again after lunch and hunt until just before dark. Meantime the wives and children would spend the day around the camp cooking, cleaning, and washing the kids. The kids did their best to get dirty by playing hard within the circle of trailers and tents. The children were forbidden to leave the circle for safety reasons unless they were accompanied by an adult.

DALE DRINNON: Panda bat, bigfoot, Polish lake monster, Lake Como monster, Bumbles, Frontiers of Anthropology, Cedar and Willow, Benny's Blogs

The service at blogger is still very unsatisfactory; however, certain parties I had contacted to migrate my blogs to another carrier have failed to respond. Doubtless this is due to the timing of the Christmas holiday.

Benny has been posting Christmas messages right along at his blogs, since he has found he is not hindered when he tries to publish only very short items:

Going since the administrative notices were posted on all of the blogs and giving the links over Christmastime (the past three days):
New at Frontiers of Anthropology:
(The last article was wiped and shall need to be resubmitted)

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

And a Cedar and Willow posting of general interest, touching on the Black Sea Flood:

I am not guaranteeing when or if there shall be a regular posting schedule for 2014 yet.

Best Wishes, Dale D.

CRYPTOLINK: 'Bigfoot' prints that of tapir

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. 
  
PETALING JAYA: The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) has poured cold water on bizarre claims by villagers that they found footprints belonging to the mythical Bigfoot monster in Kampung Gudang Garam, Segamat.
The officers were called to investigate the claim yesterday morning, following viral online posts and newspaper reports about “giant” footprints found in a vegetable farm there, Perhilitan said in a statement.
“Investigations revealed that the footprints in question were that of a tapir’s, which we believe had wandered into the area after getting lost. A villager here also said he saw what looked like a tapir moving through his farm a day ago.

CFZ "PEOPLE": Prudence

My greatest hero; the late, great Gerald Durrell; once wrote (I think in Menagerie Manor) that animals always choose the most inconvenient and expensive times to become ill. Ever since we have had her, Prudence has had a large, completely benign dangling wart on her inner front leg. It is completely harmless, so we have ignored it. However, in bed last night, she managed to scratch it, and when I awoke this morning our bedroom looked as if the Manson Family had been playing Musical Chairs in it. Pru (although apparently in no discomfort whatsoever) had bled copiously and then rolled in it, so the bed and the dog were both covered in blood, which was continuing to drip enthusiastically from the wart.

Luckily my stepdaughter is a vet (and a bloody good one) and she talked Graham through the procedure of tying off the wart with a ligature, which slowed the bleeding down but didn't stop it. So we telephoned the emergency vet, bundled Pru into Graham's car and took her down to  Stratton (outside Bude) to the emergency surgery. The vet complimented Graham on his handiwork, augmented it with a ligature that wasn't using Corinna's embroidery silk, patted Pru on the head and charged me £108. The joys of animal ownership, eh?
Happy Boxing Day.

FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES

In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out-of-place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in. 

So after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo Corinna took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.




THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN HAS VISITORS

The Gonzo Daily - Boxing Day
We had a lovely, quiet family Christmas Day. I spoke to Karl Shuker in the afternoon, and he asked me what my plans were for the rest of the day. I answered: "I have the new Frederick Forsyth novel, and three bottles of bourbon as Christmas presents. You guess." But I was being facetious. My days of downing multiple bottles of anything on Christmas Day are thankfully long gone. So we pottered, played with the dogs and watched TV including the rather disappointing Dr Who Christmas special. (So the Time Lords just GAVE him another cycle of regenerations. You cannae change the laws of physics, Captain. Not unless you are a Time Lord or a BBC executive wanting to carry on a lucrative franchise).
But this morning was something else. My greatest hero; the late, great Gerald Durrell; once wrote (I think in Menagerie Manor) that animals always choose the most inconvenient and expensive times to become ill. Ever since we have had her Prudence has had a large and completely benign dangling wart on her inner front leg. It is completely harmless so we have ignored it. However, in bed last night, she managed to scratch it, and when I awoke this morning our bedroom looked as if the Manson Family had been playing Musical Chairs in it. Pru (although apparently in no discomfort whatsoever) had bled copiously and then rolled in it, so the bed and the dog were both covered in blood, which was continuing to drip enthusiastically from the wart.
Luckily my stepdaughter is a vet (and a bloody good one) and she talked Graham through the procedure of tying off the wart with a ligature, which slowed the bleeding down but didn't stop it. So we telephoned the emergency vet, and bundled Pru into Graham's car and took her down to Stratton (outside Bude) to the emergency surgery. The vet complimented Graham on his handiwork, augmented it with a ligature that wasn't using Corinna's embroidery silk, patted Pru on the head and charged me £108. The joys of animal ownership, eh?
Happy Boxing Day.

Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/12/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_26.html
*  The Gonzo Daily is a two-way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at  jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work or even just say hello, please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...

*  The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html

* We should probably mention here that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

*  Jon Downes, the editor of all these ventures (and several others), is an old hippy of 54 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon, which he shares with various fish and sometimes a small Indian frog. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus... did we mention the orange cat?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today
http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

Merry Boxing Day to all our blog-readers from families with separated parents.
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