In June 2014 and February 2017 I posted a question on the `Hong Kong Was,Is and Forever Will Be My Home!` Facebook group and the `I Grew Up in Hong Kong in the 1970s-80s` group asking members to reply to my query as to anomalous animals/cryptids that they had had experience of. This blog is a summary of the most interesting observations.None or very little of this information has been shared in public before.The February 2017 responses will appear in part 2 of this
1. June 2014.
Andrew Garrett. Big land crab on
Mt Butler, near the Cable & Wireless station in 1988.
Joy Aitman Apes
( N.B. as opposed to monkeys?) lived on slope behind Fairmount Gardens on
Conduit Rd in the 1980s. Used to perch on nullah.
Rob Milnes. Rumours of
occasional tigers swimming to Mai Po marshes ( `70s-80s?). Hushed up by Ag and
Fish Department to avoid a hunt.
Sarah Lang-Heath. Black panther
Sek-Kong. Well along catchment road.1982-85.
Lynn Spencer O`Donnell.
Large albino cobra (this is the only albino cobra in the wild in HK I have heard
of.) Pack of all pedigree feral dogs abandoned on Peak.
Type of fish that
only lived in hot water ,outflow from Aberdeen power station.
Stirling. Escaped gorilla or baboon from Botanical Gardens.
Tigers during 1941-45 War ate dead refugees.(And they were in plentiful supply -
Same contributor - Her father shot a strange duck at Mai Po like
a grebe. Stuffed, it looked like a duck but flatter feet almost 1/2 size of
body.(I am following this
Dave Clark. Massive boa swam
across Silvermine Bay,Lantau and ate a quadruped.
Paul Corser Tiger paw
faked in Sai Kung (1988?)All paws were front left!.
Small black cat-like creatures in tress on Peak, 1960s-70s.Two tigers in
Normie Webb. "Growler monkeys" left by Japanese during
World War 2.Growler monkeys are not usual natives of Hong Kong.