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, 4 September 2016


On This Day in Weird, September 4...

1964: Several friends are bow hunting near Cisco Grove in Placer County, California, when 28-year-old Donald Shrum becomes separated from his friends. Failing to find them by nightfall, Shrum climbs a tree to sleep and resume his search at dawn, but a white airborne light distracts him. First suspecting a helicopter, he descends and lights flares to draw the pilot's attention, but the object proves to be a UFO. Scrambling back into the tree, Shrum watches three UFO occupants—two "humanoid-types" and an apparent robot—the latter of whom expels a nauseating white vapor that renders Shrum unconscious. He revives soon after and spends the rest of the knight warding off his attackers with arrows, some of which strike sparks after hitting the "robot." A second soon arrives, gassing him unconscious again, and so the siege continues until dawn, when he wakes for the last time to find his tormentors gone. Sadly for Shrum, no other human witness saw his alleged epic battle with the saucer man.

A book elaborating on Shrum's case

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