Posted tagged ‘cryptozoology’


July 21, 2008

Cryptozoology is the study of hidden animals, with the animals studied referred to as cryptids, a term coined in 1983 by John Wall.  The are two fields of study in Cryptozoology:  *  The search for living examples of animals identified through fossil records and believed extinct.

*The search for animals for which anecdotal records exist in the form of myths, legends, or undocumented sightings.

Mainstream science doesn’t much support Cryptozoology as it tends not to employ the scientific method.  Conventional science does accept, however, that there are thousands of species yet to be identified, with most of them likely to be invertebrates.

We who want to believe, however, would die happy if one of the major cryptids were discovered in our lifetimes, say Bigfoot or Nessie!  In this hope, I offer this little poem:

Cry of the Cryptids

I’m a Cryptid.– Who are you? — Are you another Cryptid, too?

Then there’s two of us. –Don’t tell!

They’d publicize us, you know.

How dreary to be known!–How public, like a frog!

To be exploited, skinned, worn, or eaten

By those in the hyooman bog!

(With apologies to Emily Dickinson)

Vampire Beast of North Carolina?

June 5, 2008

MonsterQuest in a current new episode presented a story of a “vampire-beast” killing goats and dogs in the small North Carolina town of Bladenboro.  In some cases, the dogs killed were pit bulls; no easy kill!  Slain animals in some cases had their skulls crushed flat with blood pretty much extracted from the victim’s body.  What’s additionally intriguing was that similar slayings occurred 50 years ago, drawing hunters from a wide area in search of the predator.

The episode came to the conclusion that the killings most likely resulted from a mountain lion relocated to the area, although this explanation didn’t seem to cover all of the incidentals of the cases reported…

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