Giant White Porcupine?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 26th, 2009

Las Cruces Thirty-Four
[published in the] New Mexico Territory

October 8, 1879

Jackson, N.C., is excited over a strange animal, the size of a calf, white, and with quills like a porcupine, occasionally seen near that village.

Thanks to Jerome Clark for this gem.

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.

6 Responses to “Giant White Porcupine?”

  1. Dj Plasmic Nebula responds:

    Sounds llike an animal.
    Well, he said Like a Porcupine which means it isn’t.
    Could be a hybrid or new.
    Since he said not “it’s a porcupine cause of the face” and what not, then it’s not. 🙂
    I think this maybe me dangerous, with the large quills.

  2. cliffhanger042002 responds:

    This reminds me of the ole “White Thing” stories. Where I grew up it was called the “Brookside White Thing” and some really scary stories were told by my uncle who swore to the heavens that the stories were true and he had a run-in with the creature. When I got older and even more interested in cryptozoology and paranormal phenomenon I did a little internet research and found that the “White Thing” story pops up from time to time in different parts of the US with varying descriptions of the beast, all white, but appearances typically vary from a werewolf type creature to a white, menacing, monsterous looking sasquatch.

  3. seltzerdog responds:

    From the size and the quills, it sounds like some descriptions of a Chupacabra.

  4. MattBille responds:

    This reminds me vaguely of a line in a biography of John “Grizzly” Adams. In California, Adams once “narrowly missed killing or capturing the rarest, most bizarre animal he’d ever seen. The beast, which looked like a hedgehog with the head and feet of a bear, escaped.”

  5. sschaper responds:

    Any pleistocene megafauna that might fit that description considering quills might not be preserved? Giant anteater or armadillo? Punk bear? 😉

  6. kittenz responds:

    It could be an albino porcupine. They not unheard-of;:

    Porcupines are among the largest rodents, and when they raise their quills they look much larger than they really are. Apparently albino porcupines don’t have much problem living in the wild. There was one in Michigan that was documented living in the samee area for at least seven years.

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