Category Archives: Cryptozoology

Red Eye Problem


I think I made him angry!

Sky Watch Friday


The Australian bush often hides the sky from human view.

Unless a bush-fire strips the leaves from the trees.

Then the sky forms a background to the bare trunks.

The Night Sky


Everlasting Porn


 Cole Porter, back in 1955, wrote:-

….birds do it, bees do it
Even educated fleas do it
Let’s do it, let’s fall in love

Well, let’s reproduce!

Birds and flowers and bugs and mammals all do it.  In full view of the rest of the world.

Here is an Everlasting reproducing. Having sex! Needing a threesome to do it successfully.

everlastings

Long Horse Rises Again


Back in the distant and half-forgotten past of late 2006 there was some equine discussion in the blogipelago.

Photographs of the allegedly extinct Long Horse surfaced to a chorus of controversy.

The Long Donkey of Central Kazakhstan was mentioned. This was in the months before Barat unleashed other Kazakhstani traditions upon the Western World.

Now a new Long Horse photograph has been found and it seems to lend credence to the fact that there are some of this magnificent breed still exant.

Long Horse

I am surprised that the photographer found it so necessary to photoshop out the people who were around this wonderful beast.   It has so obviously ruined the lines of  the horse that the photo can reasonably be claimed as a fake.

Perhaps this was the object of the exercise. To stop tourists and bounty hunters from attempting to find this rare Equine.

Drop Bears, Desert Sharks, and Now Camels!


Australia is a dangerous place.

I have warned before of the little known, but widespread Drop Bear and of the unexpected Desert Shark.

Now Camels have turned dangerous.

I’ve just had a thought, unusual as that is at this time of the morning.

The camels in Australia came with their Afghan drivers during the 1800’s.

Perhaps the following story is the first sign of a terror cell amongst these Afghan quadrupeds! Someone should let John Howard know.

Anyway, here is a news report from a couple of days ago.

Camels in Australia - file photo

Camels were brought to Australia in the 1840s for transportation

A woman in Australia has been killed by her pet camel after the animal may have tried to mate with her.

The woman was found dead at the family’s sheep and cattle ranch near the town of Mitchell in Queensland.

The woman had been given the camel as a 60th birthday present earlier this year because of her love of exotic pets.

The camel was just 10 months old but already weighed 152kg (336lbs) and had come close to suffocating the family’s pet goat on a number of occasions.

On Saturday, the woman apparently became the object of the male camel’s desire.

It knocked her to the ground, lay on top of her and displayed what the police delicately described as possible mating behaviour.

“I’d say it’s probably been playing, or it may be even a sexual sort of thing,” the Associated Press news agency quoted Queensland police Detective Senior Constable Craig Gregory as saying.

Young camels are not normally aggressive but can become more threatening if treated and raised as pets.

ABC Newsonline.

Double-Nosed Dogs, an Organ and a Meteorite


Yesterday I was puzzled.

This is a normal state for my mind, yet this time there was a specific reason for my puzzlement.

Way back in the middle of March I read of a modern day adventurer who was going to take a church organ into the Bolivian jungle.

Colonel Blashford-Snell was setting out to research what is possibly the most recent big meteorite crater on Earth.

He was taking the organ as a thank-you gift for the people of the village which was going to help him and the rest of the expedition.

There was an aside to the expedition. They were also intending to see if rumours of the cryptozoologic “Double-Nosed Andean Tiger Hound” were true. It had been reported in 1912 and another report from 2005, with photographic evidence, seemed to supply proof of, at least, a deformity.

Despite the interesting details about both the organ and the crater, I compiled a post about this dog, a pointer, and found a similar dog breed in Portugal and another in Turkey. I posted what I had found.

There was a small amount of interest, much in keeping with every other posting I make.

Then yesterday there was a sudden rush of visitors to this old, obscure post. Here was the cause of my puzzlement.

This morning I found where the interest had originated.

The BBC has reported on the Colonel’s return from the deepest jungles of Bolivia.

According to Colonel Blashford-Snell, he has now found evidence that this was caused by a giant meteorite, which struck the Bolivian Amazon Basin up to 30,000 years ago.

He says he has found evidence of human habitation within 50 miles of the blast zone, and believes these people were wiped out as a result of the meteor’s impact.

While I have doubts about human habitation on the South American continent that far in the past, it is still an interesting tale and the impact date is uncertain and could be as recent as 5,000 years. This would put it into recorded human history. I wonder if there is anything in the Sumerian Cuneiform writings.

The Iturralde Crater is situated (for those with Google Earth) at 12.35.16S, 67.40.21W.

The strange thing is, everyone seems to have picked up on the dog story.

According to Colonel Blashford-Snell, the dog is not very prepossessing but it is interesting that its best friend is a pig and that the two of them rule the other animals of the village.

Lots of internetters and bloggers looked for more information .

And my stats took an unexpected up-turn yesterday.

Photo Hunt 68: Creative


 This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Creative”.

I only wish this was creative. I risked life and limb to get this shot.

It is a very rare photograph of the dangerous Australian Desert Shark.

desertsharkjump.jpg

This was taken some 2,000 Km North of Perth, in the Great Sandy Desert. The line of White Gums at the base of the sand dune indicates an underground stream. Always a likely spot to lose a travelling companion or two to this lttle known but greatly feared desert denizen.

Killer Rabbits


It is time to head for the hills. Or the deepest caves.

Life is rapidly becoming extremely dangerous.

Not only do we have to cope with the fact that everything which is not permitted is now banned for the duration of the War on Terror but there are concerns that Cthulhu is Rising, that all the wandering rocks in space are lining up to commit serial satellite suicide smashing into the Earth, everything we eat and drink and breathe is killing us and extinction is just around the corner.

Now there is a new threat. One more terrible in its way that all of the previous combined.

The Killer Rabbits have avoided the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch by counting to TWO POINT NINE and are preparing to – – –

Thanks to ICHC for the warning

Ugliest Dogs in the World


It seems that the Chinese Crested is the ugliest dog breed in the world. For at least the past five years members of this breed have won the title of “The Ugliest Dog in the World.”

Elwood, a 2-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix, was crowned the world’s ugliest dog Friday, a distinction that delighted the New Jersey mutt’s owners.

Elwood, dark colored and hairless — save for a mohawk-like puff of white fur on his head — is often referred to as “Yoda,” or “ET,” for his resemblance to those famous science fiction characters.

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“I think he’s the cutest thing that ever lived,” said Elwood’s owner, Karen Quigley, a resident of Sewell, New Jersey.

Quigley brought Elwood out to compete for the second year at the annual ugly dog contest at the Marin-Sonoma County Fair. Elwood placed second last year.

Most of the competing canines were also Chinese Crested, a breed that features a mohawk, bug eyes and a long, wagging tongue.

Beyond the regal title of ugliest dog, Elwood also earned a $1,000 reward for his owner.

Last year (2006) Archie (ahem????) (on the right) won the prize but I think he is more cute than ugly. He is another of these crested hairless things.

He was more or less a de facto champion. Before him was SAM! Unfortunately Sam went to doggie heaven in 2005.
Sam was the Champion of Champions. (Left – and I would have left him as well!) He was a pedigreed Chinese crested owned by Susie Lockheed of Santa Barbara, California. In June 2005, Sam won the “World’s Ugliest Dog” title at the Sonoma-Marin Fair contest for the third consecutive year.

The Associated Press described Sam thusly:

The tiny dog has no hair, if you don’t count the yellowish-white tuft erupting from his head. His wrinkled brown skin is covered with splotches, a line of warts marches down his snout, his blind eyes are an alien, milky white, and a fleshy flap of skin hangs from his withered neck. And then there are the Austin Powers teeth that jut at odd angles.

He’s so ugly that even the judges recoiled when he was placed on the judging table . . .

Patient bleeds dark green blood


Mr Spock

Mr Spock’s green blood is down to copper

A team of Canadian surgeons got a shock when the patient they were operating on began shedding dark greenish-black blood, the Lancet reports. The man emulated Star Trek’s Mr Spock – the Enterprise’s science officer who supposedly had green Vulcan blood.

In this case, the unusual colour of the 42-year-old’s blood was down to the migraine medication he was taking.

The man’s leg surgery went ahead successfully and his blood returned to normal once he had eased off the drug.

Dark green

The patient had been taking large doses of sumatriptan – 200 milligrams a day.

This had caused a rare condition called sulfhaemoglobinaemia, where sulphur is incorporated into the oxygen-carrying compound haemoglobin in red blood cells.

Describing the case in the Lancet, the doctors, led by Dr Alana Flexman from St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, wrote: “The patient recovered uneventfully, and stopped taking sumatriptan after discharge.

“When seen five weeks after his last dose, he was found to have no sulfhaemoglobin in his blood.”

From the BBC 

The Strange Case of the Ovine Canines


It appears the Japanese enjoy wearing Australian wool but have no idea where it originates!

Thousands of them have paid up to AU$1600 to purchase a new poodle breed as fashion accessories. This may have seemed a bargain at the time as conventional poodles can cost double that in Japan.

poodle-sheepUnfortunately these poodles will not bark, they won’t eat meat or other pet foods and they refuse to learn tricks! One couple said they became suspicious when they took their “dog” to have its claws trimmed and were told it had hooves!

Japanese moviestar Maiko Kawakami accidentally exposed the scam when she went on a Japanese TV talk show and complained of her poodle’s un-dog-like behaviour. She was absolutely crestfallen when she was told it was a sheep in disguise!

Hundreds of women subsequently contacted police, fearing they may have purchased ovines instead of canines. Police say that up to 2,000 people may have been taken in by a scam which appears to have originated in Sapporo. The criminals seem to be relying on the fact that sheep are rare in Japan, so many do not know what they look like.

“We launched an investigation after we were made aware that a company were selling sheep as poodles,” Japanese police said. “Sadly we think there is more than one company operating in this way. The sheep are believed to have been imported from overseas – Britain, Australia.”

Apparently many of the sheep have been donated to zoos and farms.roast lamb

An unknown number may well have graced the Japanese dinner table after an intimate encounter with mint sauce, rosemary, peas and roast potatoes.

Life as a sheep-dog is uncertain.

I would like to thank the Manitoba Dogs Yahoo Group who turned this post into one of WordPress’s “Posts of the Day” (#81) 4th may, 2007

Cryptozoology and the Double-Nosed Andean Tiger Hound


Colonel John Blashford-Snell, a professional adventurer who made headlines in 2000 when he took a grand piano 560km along the Amazon River as a present for the Wai Wai tribe in Guyana, now intends to take an organ to the isolated Ojaki community.

The Colonel is hoping to explore what is thought to be the world’s most recent “Big Meteorite” impact site. This crater, with a diameter of 8 Km is an impressive subject for exploration.

But wait, there is more!

The intrepid and multi-skilled explorer also hopes to confirm the existence of the almost mythical Double-Nosed Andean Tiger Hound which was last reported in Bolivia in 1912 (or 1913, depending on the reference.)

andean double-nosed tiger houndBella, a bitch with a double nose had four pups, all with the double nose. Sadly only one survived. The 10-month old puppy, Xingu, was born last year and named after the lost city being hunted down by the intrepid explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett – the man who first documented the existence of the double-nosed dogs – when he mysteriously disappeared just before the First World War.

This type of dog appears to have a greatly enhanced sense of smell, which is of interest for the detection of narcotics and mines.

Double nosed? Nah, not possible. It has to be a defect.

Not so as your dedicated Internet explorer has found.

It seems there is a breed of dog in Spain called the “Pancho Navarro”. It is thought that some of these dogs went to South America with the Conquistadores and became the Double-Nosed Andean Tiger Hound. The word tiger means jaguar in South America.

Yet this is not the only double nosed canine.

Turkey’s only native pointing breed is called çatalburunçatalburun by the Turkish people because of the breed’s nose structure. The term “çatal” means fork and “burun” means nose.
The origin of these Turkish pointers that are being used by upland game hunters in Tarsus-Mersin region of Turkey are unknown. The most prominent feature of this dog is its split nose.

These dogs are short haired, with 50 cm height and 20-25 kg weight. They are not found outside of the Tarsus region of Turkey.

The hunters of Tarsus, who say that the sense of smell of these Çatalburun dogs is very strong, take care of these dogs because they are tame, obedient, lovable, learn to hunt quickly and because they take tremendous pleasure in hunting, but they have just started to learn that these dogs are unique to Tarsus and they are a special breed raised in Tarsus.

Once again I have gone right off the trail I set out upon. The transporting of an organ into the deepest depths of the Amazonian jungles. Instead I have been sidetracked. Again.

Double-nosed dogs are irresistible to a dedicated cryptozoologist such as I.

Up-dated, Aug 11, 2007 here.

24 Sept, 2007; Stacy from  California has sent me photographs of her “Missy” whose parentage she is unsure of but, like everyone else, assumed there was Doberman in her background. Here are two pics of Missy.

So, do YOU have a story about a double-nosed canine? Let me know and I can include it here.

Drop Bears


I seem to be becoming a Blogosphere expert on all things Australian. Several people have visited my blog lately, looking for information on Drop Bears. There is only a passing mention of them in my post about Crooked Mick and the Speewah.

Now some may feel that Crooked Mick and the Speewah are a bit over the top, but every word is true and vouched for by Truthful Jones. So I will explain a little more about these mysterious and dangerous carnivores. Australia is home to many species which are unique to Australia. Examples of these species are; echidnas, wombats, koalas, kangaroos, bunyips, wallabies, bandicoots and potoroos. Another animal unique to Australia is the Drop Bear.

An arboreal, (tree dwelling) carnivorous mammal of Australia, it is scientifically named, by some taxonomists, “Phascolarctus Hodgsonii”, and by others “Phascolarctus Bityness”. It reaches around 4 feet in height. Some believe it has evolved from a line similar to koalas. They are covered in a dense fur, which can range from almost black, through a reddish pelt in the Inland Desert Drop Bear to the Alpine Drop Bear’s snowy white coat. For a fuller description of the various sub-species of Drop Bears, including the Common, Burrowing, Aquatic and Alpine, I refer you to Thommo’s site as he, due to his work searching for Thylacines, the world expert on Drop Bears.
There is even a TV commercial about Drop Bears

so it can be seen that they are a very real part of the Australian landscape and consciousness.

Wikipedia follow the official Australian Government line in order to avoid scaring the tourists who provide a major proportion of the National Gross Domestic Product, now that most Australian companies are now owned offshore. You can be fined up to $5,000, or jailed for a period of six months just for warning a tourist about the dropbear menace.

Very few people have actually seen a Drop Bear and lived to tell the tail. Trust me, Drop Bears exist and cause losses amongst our tourists each year. Aussies are smart enough to avoid the trees in which drop bears live. Well, almost all Aussies. There is a group, mainly found in parts of Melbourne, known as “The Collingwood Supporters” who are a tasty treat for these vicious predators. There are rumours of photographs of Drop Bears but most are obvious fakes. This photo is the most credible. It was found in an abandoned camera and the owner has never been seen to this day.

It is claimed that Vegemite (a black foodstuff, high in vitamin B, manufactured as a joke to play on tourists) is a good Dropbear repellent when applied to the face and neck. I find this very difficult to believe, but cannot disprove it. The fact is that the only true Dropbear repellent is Aeroguard. It is 100% effective, and not a single confirmed dropbear killing has been recorded against a person protected with Aeroguard. This is a photo of an alleged Drop Bear survivor. I have my doubts about its authenticity. It seems more like a Bunyip bite. But that is another story.

Anyway, that is the fair dinkum truth about Drop Bears.
I am risking a severe criminal record by publishing this information, so, please, if you are an overseas tourist, don’t read it. It is a sufficient defence in law that no foreign tourist has read the offending document and that it was published only for domestic information. Although I would like to know who taught the domestics to read!
Note: These photographs were not taken by the author. He is only using them as illustrations. Apart from anything else, he is going nowhere near a Drop Bear.

Note from 2013 – way back when I first began to learn to blog, I wrote a fair bit of what I blogged but sometimes I cut and pasted some of what I found on the ‘net. I seem to have been careless with some of the credits and this is one I missed. Much of the above was originally published by Peter MacInnes.
From the wisdom of seven years blogging, I unreservedly apologise