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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, May 30, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Dead Bigfoot Rumors Or Just Bigbear Footprints?


A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting, usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.
Did someone shoot and kill a Bigfoot in Pennsylvania and then call 911 to say he had proof of the yet-to-be-proven creature?
After confusing reports over the past couple of weeks, it appears this was a case of a story that became mired in rumor and fiction.
Back on May 14, John Winesickle, a resident of Paint Township in Pennsylvania's Somerset County, called 911, claiming to have proof of Bigfoot, according to WTAJ News.
Excerpt from the 911 call:
DISPATCHER: "He wants a police officer to come to his residence. He apparently has proof there of Bigfoot."
OFFICER: "Bigfoot, right?"
DISPATCHER: "That's affirmative. He has evidence proving Bigfoot."
Winesickle showed some footprints to an investigating officer, who concluded the tracks had been made by a bear (see print image below).
pennbigfootprint
When WTAJ suggested they were bear prints to Winesickle, he adamantly refused to believe it.

TODAY'S BIG CAT NEWS ROUNDUP

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 by us in some way, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012 Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.




  • MPORTANT NEWS: Grumpy cat gets rubbed out
  • NEWSLINK: Bonnin on the trail of Snow Tiger
  • NEWSLINK: Another big cat found dead within a week...
  • USA SIGHTINGS: Cougar warnings for Coquitlam
  • NEWSLINK: Forest officials seize tiger pelt, big c...
  • NEWSLINK: Confessions of a big game smuggler
  • NEWSLINK: Zoo worker seriously injured after being...
  • NEWSLINK: Big cats and dogs: Pictures of dachshund...
  • NEWSLINK: Big cats are big cash
  • NEWSLINK: Scottish Wildcats Are Interbreeding Them...
  • NEWSLINK: Camera trap footage captures rare Javan ...
  • FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES

    In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out of place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in. So after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo Corinna took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.


    Incredible pipe cleaner thylacine and other animals


    Artist Lauren Ryan creates incredible animal sculptures entirely from pipe cleaners. My favorite is her palm-sized thylacine, a Tasmanian "tiger." The last confirmed thylacine died in 1936 but some crytpozoologists think they may not be extinct after all.Lauren Ryan's "Chenille Stems" (via The Anomalist)

    DALE DRINNON: Plesiosaur survival, Benny's Blogs

    Past 1 AM and running WAY too late. Blogger has been really wicked tonight. Nonetheless, here are tonight's links to go out for tomorrow:
     
    PARTS of the FOZ entry have been run on my blog and Tyler Stone's blog before, but this is the larger part of it (Leaving some of the documentation out to save space) When I ran it before, Blogger would not let me add any illustrations, and I was fighting it all the way this time not to have a repeat of the same problem.
     
    Best Wishes, Dale D.

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN GETS OVER TIRED

    Prudence went to the vet this morning for her x-ray, and it as we feared. She will indeed be having major orthopaedic surgery on Monday, and will then have to rest for six weeks. Poor little thing. Never mind, worse things happen at sea - one might get eaten by a giant squid.
    Adrian Belew talks about the difficulties in recreating some of King Crimson's finest moments
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/05/you-will-probably-never-do-same-thing.html
    *  The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at  jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...

    *  The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link:
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html
    * We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

    *  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today