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.

Sunday 27 December 2015


On This Day in Weird, December 27...

1981: Four young boys walking their dogs on the Hackney Marshes—an  area of grassland on the western bank of the River Lea in the London Borough of Hackney—discover a trail of three-clawed footprints in the snow. One youth claims the tracks are bear footprints, though all bears known to science share five claws on each foot. Moments later, the boys meet an elderly couple that warns them to leave, since a "bear" has been prowling the area. Pressing on regardless, they soon meet "a giant great growling bear-like creature" and finally flee the vicinity. Police search the 5,000-acre wasteland on December 28, employing a helicopter and tracking dogs, finding no creature but discovering "several convincing sets of tracks" that end abruptly in the snow.

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