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, 15 July 2015

AMERICA'S NATIONAL BIRD

Benjamin Franklin is a name undoubtedly associated with the foundation of the United States.  When the new republic was founded, it was decided that its national bird should be the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and it was adopted as such in 1782.  There is a common legend - though nobody seems sure where it sprang from - that Franklin opposed the use of this bird as a state symbol, feeling the turkey should be used instead.

The origin of this legend cannot be traced with certainty.  He did, however, express the opinion a couple of years later privately that the Bald Eagle was the wrong bird to choose because of its scavenging nature and cowardly behavior.

The Bald Eagle, however, was revered by the Native Americans.


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