Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 17th, 2009
The original Crasher Squirrel photo was taken by Melissa and Jackson Brandts in Banff in late May 2009. The image of the squirrel has gone viral since it appeared on the National Geographic’s website on August 7, 2009. (Melissa Brandts)
Would anyone believe you if a Bigfoot popped up in front of you while you were doing your family picture-taking?
There were attempts to debunk Melissa and Jackson Brandts’ photo, as you can imagine.
“Show me the dead body,” say the skeptics.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. 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.