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.
THE ROUGAROU - SCOURGE OF LOUISIANA
In Louisiana, amongst Cajuns and Creoles, belief in the Rougarou (there are various spellings) was widespread. The word is a corruption of French loup-garou (werewolf), but, in the case of the rougarou, it can be other creatures as well. It likes to suck blood. Some say you will find it only in field and forest. Some say rougarous ride to balls on the backs of bats.
To show the variety of forms it can take, a woman attacked by a ferocious chicken claims it was a rougarou.
J. Verret claimed a rougarou in the form of a dog chased his uncle and cousin. Then the dog changed into a man and chased them no more.
It was said rougarous captured children to use as fish bait.
A Rougarou Fest, which celebrates Louisiana folklore, is to be held on October 25th, 2014.
This is one of the more fascinating creatures of American folklore. We would be delighted to hear from people who know of similar creatures in other parts of the country.
A ferocious chicken.
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