Thursday, July 31, 2008

Saola

Smithsonian Magazine has an article on the saola.

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U MD Cougar?

A big light brown cat was spotted on the University of Maryland campus. (News source.)

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Yeti Hair Update

From the news:

"Ape expert Ian Redmond, who is coordinating the research, said they had ruled out the hairs belonging to Asiatic black bears, macaque monkeys, humans, dogs, and wild boar." ...
"Zoe Forbes, a spokesman for Oxford Brookes, said: 'The testing of the hairs is a three-stage process, involving microscopic analysis, analysis under a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), and then the extraction of DNA.
"'The SEM analysis is also taking place at Brookes, but if it confirms the original findings, the hairs will be sent to other laboratories for DNA extraction.'"

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New Species of Fungus-Eating Ants

They like their mushrooms... (News source.)

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bighorn Controversy

Anecdotal evidence is leading to investigation as to whether Bighorn sheep are found in the Pioneer Mountains, Idaho. Due to a controversial disease-management policy (creating a buffer zone between wild and domestic sheep), the findings could lead to more political frays. (News source.)

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Giant Crocodilian Fossil

Another giant species of fossil crocodilian (gavial-like, in this instance) has been discovered. The article is in Portuguese, so my online translator isn't exact, but it looks like it was found along the Brazil and Venezuela border. (News source.)

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Monkey from Mars

An interesting old UFO hoax using a dead monkey is reviewed here.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Big Fossil Lemur

Research is being done on the skull of a now-extinct lemur that was as large as a baboon. (Eurekalert.)

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New Fish Sighted in Hawaii?

From the news:

"A team of Hawaii scientists may have discovered a new species of fish in the Northwest Hawaiian islands. They're a NOAA team that returned this week from an expedition to study the beautiful fish and marine life there." ...
"Dr. Jeff Drazen detailed, 'One of the animals we observed on this expedition was a fish called an eel pout. We don't know the species for certain, but it belongs to a family of fishes that have never been documented in the Hawaiian Islands.'" ...
"These were at a depth of 10,000 feet. ... 'They were attracted to the bait and they seemed to eat some of the other animals that were also attracted,' said Drazen."
"The research team plans to head back out to the Northwest Hawaiian Islands next year to catch some specimens-of eel pout and possibly other fish!"

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Lemur Sightings in Boston?

The New Yorker has a brief article on alleged lemur sightings in the Boston area.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Polish Cryptofiction

Thomas Quatl has come out with a cryptofiction ebook, Creator Canid. It's Polish language only, and can be viewed here.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Anaconda: Origins of a Name

Here's an interesting article on the origins of the name Anaconda, originally from Sri Lanka, not South America.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Ontario: BF Sighting

An 8-foot tall, black, lanky creature was reported from Grassy Narrows, Ontario. Details here.

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NW Territories: Cougar

"Tulita/Tsiigehtchic Officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said they have received two reports of cougar sightings in the past month: one south of Tulita and another near Tsiigehtchic.
"A Tulita resident reported seeing a cougar swimming at the mouth of the Blackwater River, between Tulita and Wrigley, according to Tulita Renewable Resources officer Ron Doctor." ...
"The second sighting happened near the Tsiigehtchic ferry crossing. Officials from ENR were unable to provide the exact date of the sighting, but it took place several weeks ago.
"Inuvik Renewable Resources Officer Ron Morrison said Aklavik resident Billy Storr possibly spotted the cougar while driving." (News source.)

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Australian Big Cat Reports

Some actual sighting accounts here along the border in Victoria, Australia.

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Illinois "Cougar"

Questions remain on alleged cougar sightings in Palos Heights (news source), and tracks in Alton are canine (or maybe otter).

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New Manta?

The Save Our Seas Foundation is claiming a new species of manta ray, though it hasn't actually been described yet.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

India's "Yeti" Hair Investigated

From the news:

"Hair strands thought to be from a yeti-like creature living in India are to be tested in Oxfordshire.
"Scientists at Oxford Brookes University will study the sample, which was found in the state of Meghalaya.
"The hair was found and handed to BBC reporter Alastair Lawson during an expedition to try and find the animal after a number of reported sightings."

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Australian Big Cats Again

Generic news article here.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Greater Bamboo Lemurs

A new population of the rare greater bamboo lemur has been discovered in Madagascar. (Eurekalert.)

"Researchers in Madagascar have confirmed the existence of a population of greater bamboo lemurs more than 400 kilometers (240 miles) from the only other place where the Critically Endangered species is known to live, raising hopes for its survival.
"The discovery of the distinctive lemurs with jaws powerful enough to crack giant bamboo, their favorite food, occurred in 2007 in the Torotorofotsy wetlands of east central Madagascar, which is designated a Ramsar site of international importance under the 1971 Convention on Wetlands." ...
"For years, scientists believed but were unable to prove that greater bamboo lemurs (Prolemur simus) lived in the Torotorofotsy area. A collaborative effort between the Malagasy non-government organization MITSINJO and the Henry Doorly Zoo in the United States supported by the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation and Conservation International (CI) resulted in researchers finding and immobilizing several to attach radio collars for further monitoring.
"The researchers believe there are 30-40 greater bamboo lemurs in the Torotorofotsy wetland, which is far to the north of the isolated pockets of bamboo forest where the rest of the known populations of the species live. Habitat destruction from slash-and-burn agriculture and illegal logging threatens the previously known populations that total about 100 individuals, making the existence of the newly found lemurs in a distinct region especially valuable."

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Loch Ness

I don't normally post on the various television pseudo-documentaries on cryptids, but here's one on Loch Ness that might be interesting.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Ogopogo Sighting (?)

A B.C. woman saw a wave: (News source.)

"Don't tell Robyn Holman that Ogopogo doesn't exist.
"The mystical lake monster made an appearance for the Kelowna resident as she was traveling along the highway near Peachland Sunday afternoon.
"Holman says she saw a wave in the water with no boats around it and something bobbing amongst the waves."

Her photos are being developed.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Peninsula Python

Peninsula, Ohio, is celebrating Peninsula Python day, regarding a 1944 giant snake flap. (News source.) And yes, you'll find articles on the flap in Boss Snakes.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Not Moe; Another Primate?

A lost hiker, later rescued, in the San Bernardino Mountains claimed to see a primate, which some thought could be the missing chimpanzee, Moe. (News source.)

"'I saw a monkey,' said Grace Carlos Hilario, 21, of Corona. 'It was dark gray and brown and it ran like a monkey.'
"Hilario became separated from her group while hiking in the San Bernardino Mountains last Thursday. She was rescued Saturday morning by helicopter near the Riverside County line, about 20 miles from where the celebrity chimp was last seen June 27.
"'She was lucid,' said San Bernardino sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller. 'There was never any discussion that she was hallucinating at the time of her rescue.'"

But, the sanctuary owner says that this is unlikely: (News source.)

"The search party is taking all reports seriously, Camp said, but several factors raise doubts about whether Hilario saw Moe.
"Moe is about twice the weight Hilario described and black in color. The area where she was found is almost on the other side of the San Bernardino National Forest from where Moe escaped.
"'For him to get there, he would have to cross over numerous highways,' Camp said.
"Moe also is more likely to approach a person than run away, he said.
"Still, Camp said volunteers will pay more attention to that area of the forest, including possibly sending a helicopter to search the area if Moe's owners, St. James and LaDonna Davis, decide it is necessary."

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Patas Escapees, Cont.

2/3 of the Patas monkeys that escaped from Florida's Safari Wild have been recaptured so far, with 5 remaining loose. (News source.)

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Another Mouse Lemur

A new species of mouse lemur has been described from Madagascar. (News source.)

"The small nocturnal mouse lemur species has been named Microcebus macarthurii, MacArthur`s mouse lemur. The animals live in eastern Madagascar in the dense, evergreen mountainous rainforests of the Makira region. They were discovered by the Malagasy scientists when inventorying the lemur fauna of the area. Since the project is being supported by the MacArthur Foundation from the USA the new species has been named after the Foundation."

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Colorado Varmint

A strange animal is roaming El Paso County, Colorado, some claim to be an African lion. Others say it is more likely canine. A photo taken of it is not confirmative, looks a bit more like a dog than a lion. (News source.)

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Ontario: Cougar Sightings

A sportsman in Ontario has been chasing cougar stories for almost a decade in hopes of finding confirmation the species exists there. (News source.)

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Another IBW Article

Nothing new, but another article on searching for ivorybill woodpeckers here.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Doubts on Black Cat

Color may be the main factor in doubts by Illinois wildlife officers that an alleged big black cat was an actual big cat... (News source.)

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Lake Monsters, Water Hazards...

An article here on the Lake Norman monster...

And a California golf course pond may have a small crocodilian in it. (News source.)

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Australia: Lake Shark Debate

There's some controversy over a supposed "great white shark" that got entangled in some fishing nets in Tuggerah Lake; some are claiming hoax. (News source.)

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Wood Bison

Alaska is restocking wood bison, now, in hopes of re-establishing herds. (News source.)

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UK Slug Invasion

A few specimens of a worm-eating eyeless white "ghost" slug normally found in central Asia have turned up in the UK. (News source.)

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Gibbon Survey

A survey of the rare Cao Vit gibbon in Vietnam has doubled the number of the known population (now about 110 gibbons) of the critically endangered ape. (News source.)

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Nessie Video?

Two vacationers to Loch Ness caught what they think might be Nessie on video. (News source.)

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Ontario Cougar is North American

DNA from droppings in Ontario show that a cougar roaming there is from the North American subspecies. (News source.)

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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Manatee Formation?

Reports of a group of manatees swimming in a v-formation may be based on a fluke, some biologists are saying, as they've never heard of such behavior. They suggest that males may have been trailing a female. (News source.)

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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Mr. Thylacine Dies

From the news:

"Tasmania's leading authority on thylacines, Eric Guiler, has died.
"Dr Guiler, 85, died on Thursday after six years of ill-health following a stroke.
"Known as Mr Thylacine, much of his life was spent researching the species." ...
"He led searches for evidence of thylacines, finding footprints, hairs and scats which were donated to the Tasmanian Museum and Art gallery and still form the basis of research."

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Another Cougar Sighting

A Michigan woman reported seeing a cougar in Iron Mountain. (News source - ignore the accompanying image, it's not related to the story.)

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Search Contines for Chimp

Moe the chimp is still missing, but tracks may have been found... (News source.)

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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

China Tiger Hoax

More on the Chinese tiger hoax here...

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