Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 29th, 2008
Rex Gilroy’s earlier Karumba, Australia, track find.
An individual only identifying himself as “ausiepath9,” who serves as a spokesperson for the Gilroys of Australia, is posting around the web that “Fresh Moa Tracks” have been discovered in New Zealand.
This associate shares this week that “Rex and Heather have returned from New Zealand and have many new discoveries to show” in the future, including “the Moa tracks Rex discovered.”
Ausiepath9 relates that a “few years back” Rex Gilroy “discovered a small scrub Moa track(s) [sic] up-to 20 in leaf-mould..of which two were cast.”
But the latest tracks are apparently different:
The latest tracks are of two large Moa’s [sic] and possibly a variety that was thought to be a separate species on both islands but could now be the same species. The large track I have seen were very impressive and matches exactly the Museum’s exhibition at Auckland showing tracks and the feet of all the species of Moa’s [sic], that Rex also filmed (at the museum) and showed at the meeting which I filmed. One of the tracks is the size of my arm-from my wrist to my elbow. The two side digits are present but only the inside half-the back pad is missing, lost in leaf mould. Rex was very fortunate that he could cast what he did.
See also this story on the Gilroy hunt (here).
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.