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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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

LINDSAY SELBY: Indian neighborhood terrorised by cat-dog-mongoose cryptid, the Bhootbilli

There's been a rash of sightings of a creature known as the Bhootbilli, or ghost cat, in a neighbourhood near Pune, India. This large feline cryptid has consumed 45 pigeons (and one goat) belonging to one unlucky resident. The sightings of the creature have been in the Sanjay Park neighbourhood ~100 miles outside of Mumbai. From MiD DAY:

"The bhootbilli has been coming everyday the past 10 days around 7 pm. We had set up a lot of traps, but all turned into a flop show because whenever we would try to catch it, it would jump on the tree and sneak out somewhere," said Feroz Dilawar Khan, a driver and resident of the area. "It's fat and broad with a long tail, black in colour, has a face like a dog and back like a mongoose." The bhootbilli, as it is called by the residents, has eaten around 45 pigeons and one goat within a span of 10 days which all belonged to Feroz.Read rest here: http://io9.com/5685033/indian-neighborhood-terrorized-by-cat+dog+mongoose-cryptid-the-bhootbilli

UNCONVENTION 2010: Gordon Rutter - A History of Talking to the Dead

LIZ CLANCY: Last Pawders

Esther Rantzen will be wishing she still presented That's Life: Daisy the Jack Russell is quite the draw to owner Ned Clarke's pub in Bristol. When Mr Clarke calls time for last orders the two-year-old canine barmaid hops up onto the nearest bar stool, then onto the bar itself, and balancing on her hind legs, rings the bell.

For bloggo readers wishing to pop in and have a look, Daisy 'works' in The Three Tuns.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 2009 I started doing these 'on this day' segments.
And now, the news:

Snakes alive! Couple finds second python hiding in...
Biggest stick insect colony in the UK discovered i...
Radioactive rabbit trapped near Richland
Ladybirds invade Croatian village
Parasite Caused Frogs With Too Many Legs, Scientis...
Why birds fly into power lines
'Drunk' crash driver hunting a possum, court told
Bacteria can lead to evolution of new species
what are the odds - Flying deer batters New Ulm fa...
Whales suffer effects of sunburn
Lightning bolt kills Wild At Heart giraffe (via Da...
Neanderthal brains
Dick Van Dyke 'rescued by porpoises'

I was going to post a scene from the awesome Diagnosis Murder but I've opted for this clip of a typical every-day London occurrence (we had our chimney swept recently but the fellow didn't seem to want to dance about at all - must be a London thing):



A base libel from my wife. I will admit that the dog snores. But me? Never....