Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 7th, 2009
Breaking news out of Somaliland is of two giant hairy anthropoids/pongids being sighted locally.
Somaliland is an autonomous region, which is regarded by all countries as being part of the Somali republic located in the Horn of Africa. Those who call the area the Republic of Somaliland consider it to be the successor state of the former British Somaliland protectorate. Having established its own local government within Somalia in 1991, the region’s self-declared independence remains unrecognized by any country or international organization.
On December 7, 2009, the Somaliland Press is stating that a new species has been discovered in their country. The idea that most animals are long gone from Somaliland either by migration or the due to the civil war in the 1980s is, however, the common one.
Now, it’s been reported that at least two gorillas has been discovered in mountains about 20-kms east of the town of Sheikh in Somaliland.
According to local reports, the inhabitants of the area, who have never seen a gorilla before, described the animal about the size of a small donkey and moving around by knuckle-walking. At the time of the sighting, the locals said one of the gorillas was chasing a chimpanzee.
The sighting has created fear among the people of Geed-Lookor area. Many feared the animal could attack their livestock, which is the source of livelihood to many in Somaliland, while others feared it would create health hazards.
Mr. Mohamed Adan who is a prominent expert on ancient studies, has been collecting data on the sighting of the reported species. Mr. Mohamed stated that the fear of the locals is that these animals might come to the water wells and ponds in search of water and could transmit diseases to local people and animals.
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.