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Monday, February 13, 2017

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: Further stories of unusual Hong Kong animals Part One

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.

Jaime Stirling. Escaped gorilla or baboon from Botanical Gardens.

Anne Ozoro. Tigers during 1941-45 War ate dead refugees.(And they were in plentiful supply - R!)

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
one up.)

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!.

Jennifer Bowskill. Small black cat-like creatures in tress on Peak, 1960s-70s.Two tigers in Kowloon, 1990s.

Normie Webb. "Growler monkeys" left by Japanese during World War 2.Growler monkeys are not usual natives of Hong Kong.

To be continued....

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