Weird Animal Notes

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 10th, 2009

Here is a round up of a few weird and random animal notes of interest.

First, a Rare ‘dinky’ bird migrates to US for first time. Word is getting around late on Friday night that a five inch long bird with beige and yellow markings, the pine flycatcher, has made an unprecedented migration from Mexico and Guatemala to Choke Canyon State Park, Texas. The bird, which appears to be alone, was first spotted last month and as recently as Friday. The sightings have been confirmed by photographs and recordings of its chirping. The bird, with a solitary nature, usually stays at high elevations but made its winter home in the low Texas scrubland about 200 miles north of its usual habitat.

A great deal of the creepy factor seems to have been attached to the Hispaniolan Solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus) video that has made the news. Of course, it is not news that there are a few venomous mammals and that most of them are solenodons and shrews. However, this creature is not a cryptid, not a new discovery, and not especially strange. It was discovered in 1833.

Another handy list of things, this being some extinct animals that crazy cloning scientists might try to bring back.

A leucistic zebra has been photographed by I. B. Helburn in Tanzania.

Finally, have you picked out that next place you just have to visit? Well, here is a suggestion. There is a new Australian attraction. Shown is the site where a tourist dives into a cage partially immersed in a crocodile pen at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin, Australia. Begin saving up those pennies today.

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.


5 Responses to “Weird Animal Notes”

  1. Viergacht responds:

    That croc dive actually looks like a lot of fun. They’re so immobile and lazy on land we don’t appreciate how graceful they are in their element.

  2. cryptidsrus responds:

    I don’t find the Soledonon “Creepy.” That’s simply a matter of perspective.
    That IS unusual about the pine flycatcher.

  3. Loren Coleman responds:

    I, too, don’t find Solenodon paradoxus creepy, and what I was talking about in terms of the “creepy factor” is that the media would make a big deal of this.

  4. lone wolf responds:

    I am not a big fan of cloning, but after stating that I do think it would be very interesting to see live Tasmanian tigers around again.

  5. Squiver responds:

    Hm, I wouldn’t call the cloning scientists “crazy”. Overeager perhaps, but they are completely legitimate.




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