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.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

THE ALL-AMERICAN HEADLESS CHICKEN

While this is not a blog for celebrities, I'll make an exception for Mike, the Headless Chicken.  Yes, he actually existed.  He was at first an ordinary chicken, one with a head, and he lived in Fruita (Colorado).  Then one day his owner chopped his head off, doubtless having selected him for prandial refreshment.  But he didn't cut off all of the brain stem.  Enough was left for Mike to continue living.  The cat made off with his head.

Mike's owner exhibited him in sideshows and he became a celebrity, valued at $10,000.  Owing to the fact that he had no mouth, I mean beak, they had to feed him with an eyedropper.  Mike flourished on this diet and put on weight.  He died after about two years.

In 1999 Fruita started holding a Mike the Headless Chicken Day
annually.  Long may his memory last.


Fruita, Colorado (historic bridge)

MENTIGI MONSTER

Strange carcass found on Sumatra beach in 2000.

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HUAN THE BEAR MAN

Giant macaques in China.  (Site in Italian with translation engine)



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MYSTERY SIMIAN IN TEXAS

Reddish-brown apelike creature.

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7-FOOT TALL INSECT

Or was it an insect?  Whatever it was, it was bizarre.

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MAN-IN-BLACK



One reported on UFO.



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IS THIS A BIGFOOT?

What was captured on video?



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GIANT BIRD KILLED IN WEST VIRGINIA

What was this avian colossus?  A report from the past.

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BIGFOOT NEAR MOUNT RUSHMORE

The Hairy One attacks!



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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

GIANTS OF SOLOMON ISLANDS

Are they still around?



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BLACK SHADOW BEING

What was it?

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BLUE DEVIL

An animal once reported in West Virginia.  However, most of the reports are of the 'friend of a friend' variety, as a 1939 newspaper report remarks.  One article called it a "wild ape".  Screams heard were attributed to the creature.  It was credited with evading bear traps left out for it.  One man thought he had managed to shoot it.  The whole business is somewhat vague.

Source: C. Arment The Historical Bigfoot (Landisville, 2006).

LAMIA - BASQUE MYTHOLOGY

This creature should not be confused with the child-eating Lamia of Greek myth.



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SEA CREATURE IN NEW ZEALAND

What is this creature which washed up on the beach?

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MOUNTAIN BIKER'S BIGFOOT ENCOUNTER

Now, there's a shock!



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BIGFOOT IN HORSE THIEF CANYON

An surprise for boy scouts.



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SMALL MAMMALS AND FAIRIES

The interaction between the two.  (Site in Spanish with translation engine)




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Second part of this article.

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Third part of this article.

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BEAST OF BRAY ROAD - AN EXPLANATION?

Is this a plausible explanation for the cryptid?

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BIGFOOT AT MEDICINE CREEK

A Nebraska sasquatch.



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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

THE DEERBAT

Is this another name for Mothman?



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ENCOUNTERS WITH FAIRIES

Reports of such things continue to appear.



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ST JOHNS RIVER MONSTERS

Including the one nicknamed "Johnnie".

TYSON AND THE GORILLA

 If the story in this link is true, Tyson had little knowledge of the strength of gorillas.





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SEA SERPENT SIGHTING

Off New Zealand coast.



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This site also features an article on the Great White shark.

THE TROLL AND THE TRAIN

An almost unbelievable sighting of a strange creature in London.
(Article courtesy Loren Coleman).



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ENCOUNTER WITH LION MAN

What was this creature?

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INDEX OF GIANTS

An alphabetical list of giants of myth, legend and fable.



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BIGFOOT IN THE OUTHOUSE

A surprise when you open the door.



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BIGFOOT MISTOOK HUNTER FOR BIGFOOT

A Bigfoot mother and baby made this mistake.



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JESTERS WERE INTELLIGENT

They were called Fools, but weren't.



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ARE THESE JUVENILE BIGFOOT?

Have a look.



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DÖPPELGANGERS

Their occurrence in folklore and the paranormal.

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BIGFOOT AT GETTYSBURG

What's his address?



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Monday, 18 February 2019

NEW MOTHMAN FILM

It explores recent sightings.



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HUMAN-LIKE WINGED CREATURE

A very odd creature indeed.  Article includes sketch.  The sighting took place in North Carolina.

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IS BIGFOOT DESCENDED FROM ANCIENT GIANTS?

 Native American legends feature giants.



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WOLVES REINTRODUCTION IN GERMANY

This project is causing controversy.



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STRANGE CREATURE SEEN IN CHINESE LAKE

It is said to combine characteristics of turtle and snake.

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CHAMP - A LOOK AT ONE OF THE MORE FAMOUS CRYPTIDS

Do you think he exists?



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9 CRYPTIDS

Including Cornfield Creature, Forest Creature, Primehook Swamp Creature.

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WOOLLY CHEETAH

An unstudied and possibly extinct kind of cheetah.



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Another article on this subject.

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TWO SIGHTINGS OF BIGFOOT

Did witness wake him up?



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LINDA GODFREY AND THE DOGMAN

This researcher has enquired thoroughly into the phenomenon of the Dogman.



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BIGFOOT CONFERENCE CONCLUDES

The conference in Hastings (Nebraska) draws to an end.  Video.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

THE YALE OF ANCIENT LORE

This extraordinary creature is mentioned in ancient Greek zoological lore.



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LITTLE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK STATE

A look at the work of Ron Quin on this subject.



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This book is available and well worth reading.

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GORILLAS IN AUSTRALIA

Is there a colony near Eden (New South Wales).



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BIGFOOT SEEN RUNNING DOWN HILL

Perhaps he appreciates the value of exercise.



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WAS ALABAMA BIGFOOT CAUGHT ON THERMAL?

Have a look and say what you think.


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BIGFOOT CONFERENCE IN HASTINGS (NEBRASKA)

Hundreds attend, including skeptics.

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Another article on this subject.

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BIGFOOT MEETS HUNTER

An interesting encounter.



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CANVEY ISLAND MONSTER

This creature turns up in cryptid works from time to time.  It was a strange creature, in a state of rotting decay, which was washed up on Canvey Island in England in 1954.  It was said to be possibly bipedal.  It was 2.5' long.  In 1955 another such creature was found in a better state of preservation.    Its skin was tough like a pig's, it had noticeable gills. large eyes and sharp teeth.  The only authority for the second specimen seems to be F. Edwards Stranger Than Science (1959).  However, M. Goss has examined contemporary sources and photographs and suggested, with much plausibility, that the creatures were decomposing fish.

Canvey Island

Saturday, 16 February 2019

ALLIGATOR IS AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL

Not what I would have chosen, but each to his own.





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ZANZIBAR LEOPARD

This cryptid is supposedly extinct.  This article contains facts about it.




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ANCIENT DRAGONS OF SCANDINAVIA

They figured in Norse mythology and modern folklore.



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CHIMPANZEE COMMUNICATION

Do they have a kind of talk?




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WAS THIS A FAERIE SIGHTING?

Episode in Wicklow, Ireland.



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MO'O - REPTILE GOD OF HAWAII

What lies behind the legend?



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BIGFOOT HOWLS?

Not to mention tree knocks.



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IS BRITAIN RUNNING SECRET UFO STUDY?

A question of interest to many ufologists.

BIGFOOT CANOE RESCUE - FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS

A look at this unusual account.



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BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS IN NEW YORK STATE

Observations in Madison County.



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