At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

HAVE YOU HUNTED THE DAHU?

Back in the 19th Century, people would venture to the Alps and the Jura, all keen to do a spot of shooting, dash it.  They would say to their guide, "I say, foreigner chappie, I'd like to bag a few beasts.  Can you show me where I might shoot a chamois?"

The guide would answer, in lowered tones, "Monsieur, ze chamois are two a penny and tout le monde shoots them.  But have you ever heard of anyone who has shot a dahu?"

"Gad, no.  What's a dahu?" his interlocutor would ask.

The guide would then tell him of the dahu, variously described as looking like a deer or fox, and out they would go looking for it, but never finding it.  The chamois (or gems, as it is sometimes called) was quite safe to make its way along those precipitous precipices where it oftentimes perambulates.

The truth of the matter seems to be that the dahu was a practical joke that guides played on gullible tourists, taking them all over crag and crevasse, looking for a creature who had no existence outside their imagination.  The notion was so popular it spread to guides in the Pyrenees.

So, no, I don't suspect that you've ever hunted a dahu.

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