Mystery Photograph

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 22nd, 2009

Can you name the animal that was photographed to obtain the picture, above and below?

Yes, it is a close-up of the side of a mammal. But, no, there is no trickery as far as my putting a tiny portion of a tiny animal that has been super-enlarged here.

If this animal ran across your path, in front of you, you would definitely notice it.

I’ve just received some good images of this animal, and some are close-ups.

So, as America goes into a holiday weekend, I thought I’d have a little fun with you.

Can you identify this animal?

Yes, there is striping visible in its coat.

Good luck.

(Depending on the answers coming in, I’ll post another clue on Saturday, May 23rd, and the answer on the 24th.)

You may click on the image to increase the viewing size. (There are no identification hints embedded into the image coding.)

Your thoughts and wishes to save the International Cryptozoology Museum are appreciated as you today do…

🙂 Thank You.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

60 Responses to “Mystery Photograph”

  1. bray_beast responds:

    My first thought was striped hyena, but aardwolf is good too. I have a feeling both are wrong though.

  2. aclockworkorange responds:


    Or something really wacky, like a marine mammal.

  3. dogu4 responds:


  4. kittenz responds:

    ok not a cat. Armadillo ?

  5. fallofrain responds:


  6. Desert Dave responds:

    I’m pretty sure it is not a turkey vulture , wonder if if could be a wolvering or badger that has stepped on a pop top?

  7. Quakerhead responds:

    Joy Behar’s back hair?

  8. Loren Coleman responds:

    Since I didn’t recognize the name, I’ll save everyone the trouble:

    Josephina Victoria “Joy” Behar (nĂ©e Occhiuto; born October 7, 1943) is an American comedian, writer, actress, and a co-host of the talk show The View.

  9. ctinn responds:

    I think it is a goat. Rough fur like one.

  10. Ulysses responds:

    It looks like the Sasquatch model in the Crypto Museum.

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