Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 5th, 2008
Tahoe Elf? Nevada Faery? Lake Tahoe Leprechaun? Deneau’s Hobgoblin?
There is a world of good names out there, and this one cannot go down as a “leprechaun-alien” for long, please.
Lloyd Deneau, 41, of Florida was on vacation at Lake Tahoe, located along the border between California and Nevada, west of Carson City, Nevada.
He decided to photograph some interesting trees in a forest there. (When? Exactly where? The reports don’t say.)
The he thought he’d seen a tiny creature darting from the forest. Deneau took out his camera and proceeded to take a picture of it.
What he saw startled him, and so he snapped off a photograph.
The object, which was called by the unfortunate name already mentioned, temporarily by children, was no taller than three feet and very elf-like.
Deneau swears the image has not been doctored.
When I took the picture I’m sure there was no one there. It was only when I downloaded it on my camera that I saw it. I showed it to my friends and family but no one can explain it.
My kids coined it the ‘leprechaun-alien.’
I have a military background and don’t really believe in aliens, but I can’t explain this. ~ Lloyd Deneau
As well as an elf, leprechaun and alien, the figure has also been described as a baby Bigfoot.
Is it a Proto-Pygmy, a gag, or a squirrel? A fairy, a fake, or someone’s photo fantasy?
I’ll keep you abreast of any photo analyses or further details that I see in the next few hours or days.
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.