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.

Monday, 10 August 2015


Let us go back to 1870.  A huge bird, or at least a creature resembling a bird, was seen by James Pepples of Kentucky.  Having a gun to hand, he opened fire on the creature and wounded it.  Having wounded it, he captured the creature.  It was black.  The only other thing we know about it was that it was not an eagle.  Dimensions have not been given. However, because of the eagle comparison, I daresay it was not a flying reptile or bat.  There is no follow-up to this story.  Could it be that Mr Pepples kept a thunderbird captive for a while?  Who can say?  I can't.

Image courtesy Lon Strickler

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