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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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Brevet’s Black Malayan Tapir – A Forgotten Asian Mystery Beast Resurrected

Posted by: Karl Shuker on August 12th, 2013

Largest of today’s living tapir species, and the only one that is native to the Old World, the Malayan tapir Tapirus indicus is further distinguished by its striking ‘saddle’ of white, encompassing much of its torso and haunches. In total contrast, its four New World relatives are all uniformly dark. Naturally, therefore, zoologists were nonplussed when one of the adult Malayan tapirs sent to Rotterdam Zoo in spring 1924 from Sumatra proved to be entirely black, with no saddle.

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Aussie Big Cat Sighting

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on July 12th, 2013

One farmer has publicly confirmed his sighting, made on his property near Sea Lake. The Guardian has also received anonymous reports of sightings and strange livestock behaviour in other nearby areas.

Sea Lake farmer Nic Harrison was willing to go ‘on the record’ and tell the story of his “frightening” big cat experience which occured while he was spraying crops.

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Livestock Mutilations In Ohio

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on June 12th, 2013

Butler County, Ohio has been the recent scene of some disturbing livestock mutilations. Two miniature horses named Blaze and Buck were found hacked to death last week on a stretch of pasture near what is known as Springfield Road situated near the Indiana state line. They had been known to be missing since May 23.

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This Week in Weird

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on June 1st, 2013

The latest edition of The Week in Weird is live! There’s a handful of the strangest stories from this week’s updates at Who Forted, like giant hairy blobs attacking cities, old dudes fooling news crews with fake UFOs, footage of a glowing ghost, and a miracle in Ohio. PLUS! Take the psychic challenge and win a WF shirt!

This episode was a mother-whistle to finish, so do us a favor and share it!Who Forted? – The ‘Zine About Weird Stuff

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What The Hell Is This?

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on May 24th, 2013

Strange carcass with some type of government stamp on it.

Watch the video here at Cryptomundo!

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The Big, Bad Book of Beasts

Posted by: Nick Redfern on May 15th, 2013

“Lots of our favourite crypto-creatures are here as well, the Jersey Devil, the Kraken, the horse-headed men of the Philippines, and the Mongolian Death Worm…”

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Coelacanth DNA Does Some Weird Stuff!

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on May 13th, 2013

The genome of a primitive fish that was once thought to have died when the dinosaurs did has now been sequenced by scientists — and when put into mice, some of the fish DNA caused mice to sprout limbs.

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Seeking Secretary Birds in Southeast Asia

Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 28th, 2013

I am delighted to say that from now on, all of my cryptozoology-related ShukerNature blog posts will be introduced and directly linked here on Cryptomundo. As a longstanding fan and follower of Cryptomundo, I consider this to be a great honour for me, and am exceedingly grateful to Craig Woolheater for enabling this to happen.

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Death by Beaver

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on April 20th, 2013

An unlikely way to go…

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Real Life Jackalope!

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on April 4th, 2013

A Jackalope walks into a vet’s office in MN..

Stop me if you’ve heard this one already….

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Missouri Man Beast?

Posted by: KryptoKelly on February 14th, 2013

Show me the werewolf!

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Flying Squids?

Posted by: KryptoKelly on February 12th, 2013

Scientists have known for quite some time that squid have the capacity for short burst flight, but they’ve only known this through anecdotal accounts.

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It’s Raining Spiders!

Posted by: KryptoKelly on February 9th, 2013

Check Out This Arachnid Freak Show!

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