Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 14th, 2012
What did people see on Sunday, June 10, 2012?
Okay, the headline is “sensational” but “true.” I just wanted to demonstrate how actual sightings of a large, at-first unidentified animal can be transformed by the overblown re-visioning of a real incident.
Bernard Heuvelmans wrote of how human beings have a tendency to record and tell of the encounters with unknown new species by way of the use of fantastic descriptions.
A current example of that just occurred in Alberta.
In the Edmonton Journal of June 14, 2012, it was reported:
“When a large, brown animal was spotted near North Leland Lake in northern Alberta on Sunday, people assumed it was a moose. Maybe a bison.”
A local businessman told of how the people felt, upon seeing this animal.
“They were just overwhelmed to see that and very impressed,” said Dan Wettlaufer, owner of the Andrew Lake Lodge.
Well, a photograph was taken, and the species was immediately identified. It was a musk ox in Alberta, far from where it should be. It may have been the first sighting of a musk ox in Alberta in modern times.
“For the casual person that hasn’t seen one, you kind of have to imagine the combination of a bison and a woolly mammoth. They have a real unique prehistoric character,” said Wettlaufer.
Source. Thanks for newstip from Chad Arment.
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.