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 24 March 2014


Various reports have come in of a creature called a sqrat, the hybrid of a squirrel and a rat.  The existence of such a hybrid seems very unlikely.  Reports have all appeared from North America.  Because of the lack of likelihood of such creatures, M. Dawson (Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh) has suggested that the creatures are possibly a quite distinct animal, a member of the Dyatomicidae.

Just to add a little to the confusion, the term sqrat is now sometimes being applied to black squirrels, which are simply melanistic variants of gray squirrels.  These are by no means uncommon in parts of the United States and Canada.

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