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, October 06, 2011

JAN EDWARDS: Relict polecat

I have in my freezer at home the body of a monster….. Well not QUITE, but a bloody big animal.

The attached pics are rather gory as they show a road casualty. I thought it was a native polecat, but it seems it is a hybrid with a hell of a lot of polecat in it. Virtually 2 foot long, male, dark in colour, the only thing that actually distinguishes it from a true polecat is that it’s facial mask doesn’t touch the nose in the centre. It was found in Weardale, on the A689 main road through the dale, close to a stone quarry, and less than 5 miles from the sanctuary. There are no reports of genuine native polecats in Co Durham, as far as I am aware (but several sightings over the border in Cumbria), but the presence of a 90% purebred, seems to indicate there are pure polecats in the area. You never quite know what’s “out there” do you?

I thought you might be interested.

Jan Edwards, Head of Animal Care
Farplace Animal Rescue
Sidehead, Westgate
County Durham
DL13 1LE
Tel: 01388 517397 / 07860 523434


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OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1849 Edgar Allan Poe died. Poe is best remembered for his tales of suspense, mystery and horror and wrote the first ever detective story.
And now the news:

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Vincent Price reads the Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LNjgv5p3Ek
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM-tAb-bM-s


Scientists Planning Expedition To Find Yeti
Jonathan Downes, director of the Center for Fortean Zoology, told BBC in an interview broadcasted on their website that he believes the Yeti could be a ...

Scientists set off to find the abominable snowman
BBC News
Jonathan Downes, the director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, which is dedicated to the study of unknown animals, talked about the mystical creature on ...

CFZ "PEOPLE": 'Breeze' 2001-2011

Breeze, the Haunted Skies cat, has died aged 10. He now lies in the garden under his favourite chair, in his favorite blanket and toys. He idolised Dawn and they often slept on the chair together.

Rest in peace, little friend.

Strangely he died a year to the day after Biggles, and Jon's mother's old cat Tikki who after Jon's Mum's death in 2002, lived another eight years with Helen and the Taylor family....