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, 6 January 2016


Here we have one of those isolates, creatures of which only a single specimen is reported and we cannot say whence they came nor where they disappear to subsequently.  I refer to the Hog-Killing Varmint of Indiana.  This flourished in 1948.  As you can imagine, its victims were hogs.  A witness was a police officer named L. Daniels.  He described it as having long legs, a big head, pointed ears and small eyes.  He felt it belonged in a horror film.  As stated above, we have no clue where it came from or where it went.  It seems to have been a casual visitor to this dimension.

Hogs and Pigs

With reference to the hogs that seemed to be the unhappy victims of the creature mentioned above, a certain confusion seems to obtain about the differences between hogs and pigs.

In the United States, the term hog means a very big pig, while in other countries the terms are used interchangeably.  The word swine can mean either.  The male is a boar, the female a sow, a young adult is a pigling and the young a piglet.  A young sow can be called a gelt, gilt or yelt.

Don't let that varmint get me.


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