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 17 May 2023


Some time ago, I compiled an article on people in the United States who had the names of animals.  Here are some further animal names that have been bestowed on people in the States, with an approximate number of bearers in each case.

I found a single person called Cow and, rather surprisingly, it was a man.  Entering the sphere of wild felids, the United States has approximately 100 people called Leopard and 15 called Bobcat.  Over 250 souls bear the name of Mink, while 120 are called Mule. Pony is a name which can be given to both sexes.  There are about 120 people so called, but I don't have a gender breakdown.  Other animal names I discovered are Gopher (15), Rooster (50), Raccoon (2), Donkey (11) and Heifer (5).   The study of names can be quite fascinating.



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