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Wrong-Footing A One-Legged Mystery Snake From China

Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 15th, 2014

Some zoological photographs are so bizarre that long after they first hit the news headlines, they still continue to circulate online, like restless ghosts doomed to wander forever down the highways and byways of the worldwide web, resisting all attempts to expose them as hoaxes or explain them as grotesque yet nonetheless natural phenomena. One […]

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Did I See an Undescribed Species of Giant Praying Mantis in South Africa?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 8th, 2014

The longest species of praying mantis currently known to science is the giant stick mantis Ischnomantis gigas. Brown in colour, enabling it to blend in with the bushes upon which it lives and lies in wait for unwary prey to approach, this mighty mantid is native to Senegal, southern Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Mali, northern Nigeria, […]

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When Flying Cats Were Flying Lemurs

Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 4th, 2014

Colugos must surely be among the most bizarre yet bewitching of all mammals. Native to the tropical forests of southeast Asia, most famous for the extensive gliding membrane (patagium) connecting their limbs, tail, and even the digits of their paws, and as big as a medium-sized possum or very large squirrel, the two modern-day species […]

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Portraits of a Potoo – Neither an Avian Alien Nor the Bird From Hell!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on January 25th, 2014

Facebook never disappoints me as a rich source of the exceedingly weird but also very wonderful when it comes to the animal world, and yesterday was no exception. During its early hours, I was browsing the recent posts of various FB friends when I came upon a quartet of photographs depicting a truly remarkable- (and […]

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Look Out For The Invisible Catfish!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on January 23rd, 2014

By definition, no-one has ever seen such a creature, because if they have done, it can’t have been invisible – or can it?

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Exposing Online Fakes and Frauds of the Cryptozoological Kind

Posted by: Karl Shuker on January 10th, 2014

The internet is the natural home of some very unnatural creatures – fakes, frauds, and the falsely identified. Many of them attract only fleeting, transient attention before being soundly exposed and permanently discredited. However, there is also a hardcore set whose members simply refuse to die – being revived time and time again by unsuspecting […]

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Pigging Out At Christmas – It’s Grim With The Gloso

Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 11th, 2013

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In Skåne and Blekinge, the two southernmost provinces of Sweden, a very daunting creature pervades the Season of Goodwill, and its presence is anything but good. Scarcely known outside its Scandinavian provenance, outwardly it resembles a pig, but no ordinary one, for this preternatural entity is in many ways the porcine equivalent of Britain’s phantasmal Black Dogs, and is just as dangerous!

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Behold – The Giant Pink Slugs of Mount Kaputar

Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 5th, 2013

Sometimes, the most surprising discoveries can be right before our eyes, without even being recognised. Take the remarkable case of the giant pink slugs of remote Mount Kaputar in New South Wales, Australia.   (© NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service)   Measuring a very sizeable 8 in long, and boasting an extremely bright, fluorescent […]

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Volume 2 of the Journal of Cryptozoology is Here!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 5th, 2013

Do undiscovered mini-man-beasts inhabit the tiny Indonesian island of Flores? Is a king cheetah depicted in an Indian painting from the Mughal Empire? How can the diversity of lake monsters in Spain be explained? What is the identity of a controversial African ape called the koolookamba?

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Bigger Than Hogzilla?

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on November 24th, 2013

An 11-year-old Alabama boy used a pistol to kill a wild hog that just may be the biggest pig ever found.

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Farewell, Little Snowflake – Ten Years On, My Tribute To The World’s Only White Gorilla

Posted by: Karl Shuker on November 22nd, 2013

He was claimed to be the most photographed animal of all time (even appearing on the front cover of dance music duo Basement Jaxx’s album Rooty), and he was indisputably one of the animal kingdom’s greatest, most readily recognisable icons. He died 10 years ago this week. So here is my tribute to Little Snowflake […]

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Another UK Wallaby

Posted by: Nick Redfern on October 24th, 2013

“A wallaby has set up camp in Highgate Cemetery in north London. The marsupial was first photographed at the cemetery – famed as the final resting place of Karl Marx – on Sunday.”

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Wolverines in the UK?

Posted by: Nick Redfern on October 16th, 2013

“…deep within the sprawling and wooded Haldon Hills of Devonshire, England there exists what might accurately be termed an unofficial pet-cemetery…”

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The Giant Rat of Sumatra – Zoological Fact, Not Sherlock Holmes Fiction

Posted by: Karl Shuker on October 10th, 2013

Contrary to the assumption by many aficionados of the Sherlock Holmes stories that it was wholly fictional, there really is a giant rat of Sumatra. But how does this scarcely-known real species compare with its infamous albeit fictitious counterpart? Further details can be found here on my ShukerNature blog.

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In Search of the Elusive Scarlet Viper

Posted by: Karl Shuker on September 2nd, 2013

The common European adder or viper Vipera berus occasionally produces albinistic and melanistic individuals, due to the expression of certain mutant gene alleles. Of course, these are not separate species, merely genetically-induced morphs of the common adder. As recently as the mid-1800s, however, many natural history tomes were still soberly stating that Britain was also […]

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