Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 11th, 2008
One Bigfoot encounter discussed for the state of Colorado is of “Fluffy” by S. Cole (darkly drawn above). There have been several, and we have Keith Foster to thank for his on-site research on those encounters. Others, such as Jim Brandon (Weird America) and Chris O’Brien have studied the state closely.
You won’t find anything about Fluffy in O’Brien’s books on the strange parts of the state, but you will discover plenty of hints of horses being attacked by various bizarre cryptids and other things in certain valleys of Colorado. One of the most frequently discussed victims, of course, is Snippy (shown below in an infamous black and white photo).
Perhaps the nicknamed Snippy, a 3-year-old Appaloosa, (actual name Lady) was killed by a cryptid between September 7th and 9th, 1967? She failed to show up for her usual morning drink in a pasture on the Harry King ranch 20 miles northeast of Alamosa, at the foot of Mount Blanca, Colorado. What happened?
Just because one prominent theory (drawings below) trumps all others for what killed Snippy doesn’t mean that alternative hypotheses should not be explored. The most-often heard notion of what occurred to poor Snippy is usually illustrated with humans and heifers, not horses, however.
Then, I tend to have rejected that UFO angle even though I know some of you still wish for me to consider it, as if I had not lived through the 1970s.
The legacy of The Unidentified and Creatures of the Outer Edge: The Early Works of Jerome Clark and Loren Coleman lives on, even inside of me.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.