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 05, 2012

BIG CAT NEWS: Return of the Son of the Beast of Smallthorne

The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper column inches than any other cryptozoological subject.

There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived in some way by us, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in.

It takes a long time to do, and is a fairly tedious task, so I am not promising that they will be done each day, but I will do them as regularly as I can. JD

The saga of The Beast of Smallthorne refuses to go away. This morning I received another letter from the bloke who claimed to have taken the original picture:

"Yesterday, on the 2nd March in search of the black leopard I saw on the 18th February 16:09pm [sic], Ford Green Nature Reserve, Smallthorne, armed only with my mobile 'phone. After two hours I heard a sound at the edge of the lake. I got as close as possible, and there staring was a small black leopard and took this photo on the 2nd March 17:04pm. I saw no sign of the first, bigger leopard"

Well, unless me eyes really do decieve me this is nothing more than a black kitten, albeit a rather cute one. I think the chances of it having leopard in its ancestry are completely nill.

However, we do our best to be open minded here at the CFZ, and so I am posting this picture and letter for your comments. The bloke who has been sending me these pictures seems to be genuine in his belief that he is photographing something extraordinary. So I don't think that this is a hoax in the traditional sense; just someone doing a Captain Ahab, and smelling land where there is no land..

1 comment:

Web Owner said...

Not enough picture showing to say anything with certainty.One could not possibly gauge size or stature from that charming picture.