“Animal Without A Name” Caught

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 21st, 2011

Catch Strange Animal
Hopping Along Highway

Washington, Pa., Aug. 22 (AP) – An “animal without a name,” which goes for vegetables and nuts in a big way, had the townsfolk puzzled today. No one could identify it.

The “watcha-call-it” has been viewed by hundreds since Saturday, when, hopping along the road like a kangaroo, it was corralled by a group of men and boys.

Its rear legs are like a kangaroo’s, its head and ears resemble those of a squirrel, and the eyes and nose bring to mind a rabbit. Its hair varies from brown to green.

Game Protector Carl Stainbrook is investigating whether the animal escaped from a carnival sideshow.

“I never saw anythink (sic) like it,” he said. “I searched through a book on the mammals of America and can’t find anything like it.”

Source: Reading, Pennsylvania
Reading Eagle
August 22, 1939

Reports of cryptid kangaroos or at least cryptids that look like kangaroos are nothing new, as I write about in Mysterious America.


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8 Responses to ““Animal Without A Name” Caught”

  1. eireman responds:

    Pademelon. It’s fairly squirrel-like.

  2. Hapa responds:

    Oh darn! I thought this was something new! Feels like a let down!! Seriously, though, the first thing I thought of when I read this was the Jersey Devil. There was also a prehistoric Kangaroo, Propleopus, which had a similarity in the head to that of a squirrel (i.e. a shorter, rounder face. It was 3 feet long and either a carnivore or Omnivore). I would think it would be unlikely that this was a Propleopus (it was an Australian), as much as it would be unlikely that there was weapons of Mass destruction in Iraq.

    Was there not a follow up with this account? If not, then it makes me think of those News Stories of giant human bones discovered in the 1800s that likewise vanish into history without a further word, or the numerous articles discussing multiple type specimen findings of the dwarf Grizzly (aka Lava Bears) without any further information as to the body’s locations.

  3. David-Australia responds:

    Any chance of an image of it from somewhere? Then I could look through my “Australian Mammals” book.

  4. Loren Coleman responds:

    David – No photos or drawings have shown up since 1939, so I don’t expect any to appear now to assist your search of Australian mammal images.

  5. davidk responds:

    It has a name. It’s a CusCus. A marsupial from Australia and New Guinea. Nocturnal and very cute. See here.

  6. flame821 responds:

    That Pademelon looks pretty close to the stated description. Best guess would be a stowaway on a boat, or maybe someone brought home a ‘pet’ from their journey that managed to escape.

  7. mastiff responds:

    It was a Springhaas I reckon. Google the name springhaas and I think that you will agree that the characteristics of the cryptic animal in question fits most of those of the springhaas. I have seen cuscus and they are nothing like that described above.

  8. Duffy2323 responds:

    I agree the Springhaas or Springhare to be the animal in question.

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