A blog for the United States branch of the global Centre for Fortean Zoology
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, 21 January 2015
POPE AND PACHYDERM
Pope Leo X
That's Pope Leo X up there, as painted by Raphael. He was Pope from 1475-1521. On the day of his inauguration, he sat by a Vatican window watching a procession, of which an elephant formed part. The great beast knelt three times, then stuck his trunk into a tub of water, then squirting the onlooking crowd, not excepting the Pontiff.