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.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016


You should always be careful where you put your hand.  This is illustrated by the story of the Totonge, a monster in the legends of the Lokanda of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The story is that the animals where out hunting except for the Tortoise, which had been left to guard the food, as the Totonge, which was hungry by nature,might come and gobble it up.  In due course this voracious creature arrived, seeking food.  The creature was of gargantuan proportions, but the Tortoise was more than a match for it.

"Have some of this," he offered, proferring some honey.

The Totonge took it and it was so much to his liking he demanded more.

"To get more," said the Tortoise, "you must put your hand in my anus."

The Totonge complied.  (See warning in first line).

The Tortoise clamped his anus shut on the monster's hand and he could not escape.  When the other animals returned, they chopped the Totonge up.

This is presumably why no description of this creature is available.  There was only one and now it was gone.

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