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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Monday, March 06, 2017

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: New information on mystery animals in Hong Kong part 3

Here is the third and final part of my blog on unusual and overlooked animals in Hong Kong,taken from postings in the Facebook group `Hong Kong Was,Is and Forever Will Be my Home!`during February 2017.

James Campbell Clements reported a big bat over Cheung Chau in 1991 as a typhoon approached.A couple of typhoons passed over or near Hong Kong that year.Some people identified it as a frigate bird. A similar large "bat" or large eagle was seen at Tai Au Chau, part of the Soko Islands, a few months later also prior to
a typhoon.

Joan Summers saw a massive porcupine near Stanley Terrace sometime in the 1960s. Now interestingly I have come across other reports of very large porcupines
on Hong Kong Island.By "massive" Joan meant half the size of her chow-alsation cross.Vicky Henderson saw a huge porcupine on Mt Nicholson Rd.

Eric Walters saw an axis deer (which are not officially part of Hong Kong`s fauna) on Middle Gap Rd.

Another puzzle are the tiny black or dark brown squirrels seen by Carol Blandford at Hebe Haven on the southern shore of the Sai Kung Peninsula in the early
`80s.which were darker than the dark brown Pallas squirrel which is native to Hong Kong and smaller than the red squirrel of Britain.

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