Posts Tagged ‘cryptids’

I have felt the need to post about cryptids for some time, but nothing concrete has come my way, so I have allowed the subject to simmer on the back burner. But tonight, I am proud to say I have a few things to say.

It all started with a Facebook post by a friend that shows what appears to be a stegosaurus carved on a Buddhist temple some 800 years ago.


(I didn’t find any photo credits)

I asked, like any good cryptozoologist if it could be real or photoshopped? It looks vaguely like a stegosaurus and I’m not opposed to the idea that mankind walked the earth at the same time as dinosaurs. Besides, one of my favorite childhood books was The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek by Evelyn Sibley Lampman. (The sad part of that confession is that 40 years later, I still remember the stegosaurus’ name and found the title of the book by googling: GEORGE THE STEGOSAURUS.) Heck the stego in the photo could be George.

No, George was in the United States, not Cambodia.

I did a quick search and found a lot of links, but this one made the most sense to me: The GeoChristian .

I’m not trying to disprove it is a dinosaur, but the contention that it could be a chameleon is a pretty convincing argument. I babysat a chameleon once and it looked a lot like that carving. I think I babysat the chameleon. Maybe it was the Chinese Water Dragon. But I stand by my statement: it could be a chameleon and not a stegosaurus. Although, it would be very cool if it was a stego, but no fossils of one have been found in Cambodia.

There are fossils of stegos near where George (the Shy Stegosaurus) lived.

That took me on a search for other odd news and I found (of course) some more Bigfoot links, all at one site: http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com. First, there’s an article where noted anthropologist David Attenborough admits that Yeti could be real. Then film of a Sasquatch taken in Canada.

They provide a link to the very cool map by Joshua Stevens covering 92 years of Bigfoot sightings.

Of course, I had to follow other links, like the Dogman of Michigan – just in time for Hallowe’en, I think.

New footage of the Loch Ness monster. (Possibly)

Oh heck, if you followed the first link I posted, you’ve probably already read all the great information on the site. There are a whole lot of links to UFO sightings, for instance.

And at least one very humorous story of a horse standing atop a garage roof where it had managed to get itself stranded the night before. Sadly, there was no photo attached to that story. I wanted to see the horse on the roof.

Aside from horses that do strange things, I think there are a lot of mysteries out there that we will never explain. One of the most recent to come across my desk is the tale of the ghost at a Milton-Freewater, Oregon, cemetery. It’s featured in some news articles, but even better – the photographer, Nathan Ziegler, has a blog.

Now, that’s freaky stuff.

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I have this little project I’m working on that involves drawing a chicken. The chicken lives in the 1930’s. I’ve been searching the all-wise Internet for photos of chickens that are suitable for the project (which I can’t really tell you about, so you have to forgive me on the secrecy thing).

I’m doing a lot of pen-and-ink sketching.

But that isn’t what this post is about. What this post is about is one of my favorite bizarre subjects: weird creatures. You know, things like the chupacabra and Sasquatch. Cryptids.

I haven’t blogged about Big Foot in awhile because there haven’t been any credible sightings of late and the last chupacabra sighting that I followed turned out to be a raccoon with a serious case of mange.

But in my quest to find 1930’s scenes that include chickens, I did a Google search tonight. I tried 1930’s chicken coops (that brings up a whole lot of links to the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders which were the factual basis for the 2008 fictional movie “The Changeling” ) and 1930’s hen houses.

1930’s hen houses links to a lot of hen houses, but it also links to a lot of strange animals. There’s a cryptid in China that looks strangely similar to the mangy raccoon of Kentucky.

And check this out: the quagga.  It’s an extinct sub-species of the Plains Zebra. It was not a cross between a zebra and anything else: it was a bonafide creature that existed into the 1870’s. A very cool extinct creature.

I thought the chupacabra was scary, but get a load of this: the Thylacine or Tiger-Wolf of Tasmania. YIKES!

It was (or possibly is) an efficient killing marsupial. yes, I wrote marsupial. You know: like a kangaroo or an opossum? It had a pouch where it kept it’s babies until they were large enough to run on their own.

The last known Tasmanian Tiger-wolf was killed by a hapless farmer (Wilf Batty) who was just trying to protect his chickens (hence the reason this comes up under the tag “hen house”). Can you imagine the notoriety gained by that poor man when he killed the last known creature of an entire species? Lucky for him, it was in the 1930’s and the animal rights folks didn’t come looking for him in the cover of night.

Unlucky for the rest of the world, he shot and killed the last known wild Thylacine.

Or maybe he didn’t. I don’t know. It could be out there, running with the mangy raccoons, the chupacabra and Sasquatch. Check out the YouTube videos:

What do you think? My bet is on the Thylacine.

The things you learn when you aren’t even looking to learn them. God bless the Internet. I’d never have learned this stuff by looking in Encyclopedia Britannica under “Hen Houses”.

(PS – extra points if you “got” the post title: “Lions! Tigers! Bears! oh My!)

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