ANIMAL FORTEANA


In the beginning of things men were animals and animals men. ~ Algonquin saying

"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons." ~ The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Trickster's Realm: Anomalous in Art

binnallofamerica.com: Recent Fortean tinged artistic events have been in the anomalous news lately: fairy doors, mermaid tales, and eerie radio sounds among them.

Probably by now you've read more than one article about the fairy door in San Fransico's Golden Gate park. This idea of creating fairy doors as wee public art installations isn't new; here's a link to an article on the fairy doors (courtesy of The Anomalist) from 2009. A recent article on the current Golden Gate Park fairy door -- the Parks department put an end to the citizens and their whimsy. But not quite, thankfully.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology: Puerto Rico: A New Spree of Chupacabras Attacks in Guayama

New sightings of Chupacabras, from Inexplicata:
Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology: Puerto Rico: A New Spree of Chupacabras Attacks in Guayama: They stopped the pickup truck and looking over a small mound of earth, the saw a dark figure resembling a short-statured man who appeared to be crouching. Chaka reached for his flashlight, got out of the vehicle and pointed it at the figure. He was only able to make out the glow of a single eye; we are uncertain if this was due to tis position. It had a yellowish or bright orange color that gradually diminished in brightness. He also noticed the figure had something strange on its head and back, resembling quills.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Accurate Citation: Christ O'Brien's Stalking the Trickster


Chris O'Brien, in his Stalking the Tricksters: Shapeshifters, Skinwalkers, Dark Adepts and 2012 writes:
Another recent incident of a so-called "man-bat" sighting was e-reported to Tim Binnell (sic) by a witness in Oregon.
This is the so-called "e-report" O'Brien writes that Tim received:
The "thing" was about 15 ft. from the witness at about 1:15 A.M. behind his house. He accidentally locked himself out of his house while working in his garage late last night. He went around to the back of his house to climb in through a window. He heard something and used the light from his cell phone, pointing it in the direction of the sound. The thing had a human form only quite large over seven feet with red reflecting eyes and very large wings. It jumped into the air flying off with the sound of massive air displacement with each wing stroke.

Actually, that passage was from my article Sacrificial Lambs Unto the Demon: Batsquatch in Oregon, May 5, 2009 that I wrote for my Trickster's Realm column, which appears on Tim Binnall's site.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Virginia Proposes Expanding List Of Animals Banned As Pets

Excellent; one day, hopefully, we'll see a national ban on all exotic animals as "pets." But, um, who keeps a rhino in Virginia -- or anywhere else in the U.S. -- as a pet?
Virginia Proposes Expanding List Of Animals Banned As Pets: HENRICO, Va. -- Time could be running out for you to get that special gorilla or rhino for your home.

A state panel on Wednesday proposed expanding the list of animals Virginia doesn't allow as pets.

The list, maintained by the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, already includes animals such as big cats and bears.

The panel, which is studying whether to tighten rules on keeping dangerous animals, proposed adding to the list creatures such as chimps, rhinos, orangutans, hippos, baboons, powerful Cape buffaloes and giant lizards called Komodo dragons.

Man tries to take photo of beaver; it kills him | The News Journal | delawareonline.com

Man tries to take photo of beaver; it kills him | The News Journal | delawareonline.com

Millions of wasps discovered in gigantic 21-foot nest | Watch the video - Yahoo! News

Millions of wasps discovered in gigantic 21-foot nest | Watch the video - Yahoo! News

Monday, April 8, 2013

6 states that might criminalize taping animal cruelty - Salon.com

6 states that might criminalize taping animal cruelty - Salon.com: Tennessee is one of six states currently debating legislation that would ban this form of whistle blowing. So-called “ag-gag” bills vary in provisions, but all aim to make it more difficult, or in some cases, criminal, to shoot undercover factory farm footage. Last year, the statehouses of Missouri, Utah and Iowa passed ag-gag bills, bringing the total number of states with such laws to five. As Think Progress’ Katie Valentine notes, many of these laws received backing from the American Legislative Exchange Council.

They’re (almost) here! The cicadas are coming

Every seventeen years, in the east. And now it's time:
They’re (almost) here! The cicadas are coming | The Sideshow - Yahoo! News: "Most people say it is like a science-fiction movie UFO sound,” cicada researcher Dan Mozgai wrote to Yahoo News in an email.

The East Coast, he added, should expect piles of the dead insects around their homes: "They can pile up like dead leaves."

Man buys toy poodles, discovers they’re actually ferrets on steroids | The Sideshow - Yahoo! News

This is both funny, kind of, and sad. Sad for the animals involved:
Man buys toy poodles, discovers they’re actually ferrets on steroids | The Sideshow - Yahoo! News: An Argentine man who thought he bought a pair of poodles at an outdoor market in Buenos Aires brought them home to the vet only to be told they were actually ferrets on steroids, reports the Daily M

Sunday, April 7, 2013