Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 18th, 2012

Ah, lemmings are shown in the above Popular Science Monthly Volume 11, 1877 print. They continue to be a topic of cartoonists (see below). In many ways, lemmings’ behavior remains a cryptic topic in zoology.

In my books I have written of how Disney’s film production company created a myth in their 1958 documentary, White Wilderness. The “lemming suicides” are now part of our language and culture. But it’s not true.

Or is it? The following video from Britannica seems to be indicating something else.

My personal all-time favorite commentary on this is Larson’s classic:

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.

2 Responses to “Lemmings”

  1. alan borky responds:


    I’ve thought this for a long time Loren and thank you for confirming it but the whole lemming thing’s always seemed very mysterious to me and far from explained.

  2. PoeticsOfBigfoot responds:

    Really interesting, Loren, thanks for posting. I appreciate the information you regularly provide on this site.

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