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Thursday, 20 October 2011

This is why Out-of-Place Animals of KNOWN Species CANNOT be assumed to be Cryptids.

This news story has been continuing for the last several days until it is coming to a grisly ending for all of the poor captive exotic animals involved. My point here is not to say that this is a disaster for all of the species involved as far as preserving genertic variation goes, but to point out that this scenario is a bona fide example of a person who had a hobby of importing exotic animals and who ened up by intending to release all his animals into the wilderness, without public notification and of course quite illegally. When we have such examples as this going on, there really is no good reason for saying reported exotic animals could not have been brought into the country and released secretly, which is a mantra repeated constantly by some persons that collect such reports as "Black Panthers", "Surrey Pumas", "Australian Big Cats" , "Errant Crocodylians", "Displaced Pythons" and call such reports Cryptozoological. The collectors of such reports frequently insist that such creatures which are otherwise species known to exist currently in other parts of the world must be Cryptozoological mostly on the assumption that other researchers have always said that these creatures were so.
There is no "Must Be" to it. If ANY Animal is a  KNOWN species then it is NOT an unknown species and hence it is not a subject fit for Cryptozoological study: It is NOT a CRYPTID.

Three Animals Still Running Free in Zanesville, Ohio: Town Under Lockdown

A grizzly bear, mountain lion and a monkey are still on the loose in Ohio after authorities hunted down as many as 51 ferocious animals who were set free by the owner of an animal preserve before killing himself.
Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz told reporters he can't be 100 percent sure that those three animals are the only ones unaccounted for.
Lutz and ABC News' wildlife expert Jack Hanna, who will take the living animals at the preserve to the Columbus Zoo, urged the public to remain cautious.
"If you see these animals you do not run," said Hanna, who added he is most concerned about the mountain lion, since those animals have "great leaping ability."
The sheriff said that when his men arrived at the animal preserve in Zanesville, they found bears, lions, Bengal tigers, black bears, leopards roaming the area. Since it was about to get dark, he feared the animals would escape into the night.
He said his deputies had to kill animals at close range with their sidearms. One animal that got away was hit by a car on a highway some distance away, he said.
The animals' cages were opened up by Terry Thompson, who owned an animal preserve in Zanesville. Thompson killed himself after freeing his menagerie, Lutz said.
Hanna and his vets visited the farm today, calling conditions deplorable. He plans to take all five living animals to the Columbus Zoo.
The man who is believed to have set the animals free, Thompson, 61, was recently released from prison after serving one year on federal weapons charges. According to investigators he has been cited in the past for animal abuse and neglect.
Lutz said at a news conference that residents should stay inside until the animals, which escaped around 6 p.m. Tuesday, are rounded up. Several schools across the area have cancelled classes for Wednesday.
Police, who have been ordered to shoot to kill, describe the loose animals as "mature, very big and aggressive."
Lutz said that several aggressive animals were shot by deputies when they were discovered near Thompson's body at his preserve. Thompson's preserve was surrounded by a fence, and not all animals on the property fled through the open gates.
"These are wild animals, wild animals that you would see on TV in Africa," Lutz said at a news conference Tuesday evening.
Last night, as many as 51 wild animals, including cheetahs, grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, lions, a white Siberian tiger, camels and giraffes were running free in Zanesville, which has a population of about 25,000 residents. Police said that orangutans and chimps were found in Thompson's home, but they were still in their cages.
"This is a bad situation," Mutz said. "It's been a bad situation for a long time and the last thing we want to do is have any of our public hurt."
Deputies are working with the animals' caregiver, who says the animals were fed on Monday.
They're putting food in the animals' pens in the hopes they might return, where they can then be secured.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol has cordoned off seven square miles near Interstate 70 and officers are using infrared devices to find the animals.
On "GMA" Wednesday Hanna said that in controlling this situation human life and animal life must both be considered, as does timing of capture.
"Human life has to come first but that's what we have to look for. We have to take care of our animal life. You cannot tranquilize an animal at night. It's hard enough during the daytime," Hanna said.
Danielle White, one of Thompson's neighbors, said that she saw a loose lion in the area in 2006.
"It's always been a fear of mine knowing [the preserve's owner] had all those animals," she said. "I have kids. I've heard a male lion roar all night."
Thompson has been warned repeatedly over the last decade to get his animals under control – and no less than 30 times in the past year. He was arrested in April of 2005 for cruelty and torture of cattle and bison he had on his property, according to the website He was charged with one count of having an animal at large, two counts of rendering animal waste and one count of cruelty to animals.


  1. Technically speaking, maybe they're not cryptids, but the fact does remain that they might be *reported* as cryptids. For example, how many lake monsters could be the result of folks how didn't expect to see a crocodile there or something? I agree with saying that they aren't cryptids - but I think they are relevant and can give you alternative explanations in some cases.

  2. Absolutely. But there is an ocean of difference between animals which are merely assumed to be unknown and animals which actually ARE unknowns. That is what make the difference and that is what defines a Cryptid. If an animal is of a known species then it simply has no merits for consideration for special attention by Cryptozoologists; it then passes into the hands of the regular Zoologists, if they are interested.

    In the recent blog posting on giant Catfishes and Lake Monsters, many of the lakes have been stocked with fishes of known species which thereafter grow to monstrous sizes. These fishes are of interest to the Cryptozoologist merely in that they are what the witnesses are describing. After acknowledging that fact, the fish then pass out of the realm of Cryptozoology and into the area of legitimate study by the regular professional Zoologists. And the Cryptozoologists need pay no more attention to them than that. After a Lake Monster is identified as a swimming moose, the Cryptozoologist need take no more time than to merely make note of the fact, and if any Water Monster anywhere turns out only to be a wave in the water, that is something which is of mild interest to Physicists but need not bother the rest of us at all. You can certainly compile and compare statistics on these sightinmgs (I certainly have) but the work that you do on such sightings will NOT bring any unknown species in from out of the cold to become "KNOWN" species. And that is the part of the process that really should concern Cryptozoologists, identifying the unidentified species and then moving them OUT of the "Cryptozoology" category as quickly and painlessly as possible.

    Cryptozoology is NOT about keeping Cryptids in the "Unknown" category indefinitely, it should be about moving them out

    Best Wishes, Dale D.


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