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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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Friday, April 24, 2015

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: A JAPANESE WILD CAT FROM THE POCKET NATURALIST.1800

Please can anyone identify this `Japan Wild Cat` from a photo I took on April 2nd in the Manchester City Archives from one of the five volumes of The Pocket Naturalist,1800. (Sorry about the quality.)

It was also known as the Indian Wild Cat. Dale Drinnon suggested to me on Facebook that it might be the Iriomote wild cat.The text accompanying the drawing said it was the size of a domestic cat,face,lower neck
whiteish,breast,lower belly,clear grey,body,part yellow and clear grey, tail 10 1/2 inches long, with a cry like " a great cat." Pennant compared it to
the "Chat Sauvage Indien."

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