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Cryptozoology: What It Is & What It Isn’t

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As you will have seen, over the last week or so I have written a number of articles here at Mysterious Universe on the subject of the U.K.’s resident population of what have become known as “Alien Big Cats.” One of the people who read the article, Tom Stein, asked me if the ABCs should even be a part of Cryptozoology. Well, that’s a good question. Cryptozoology began as the study of unknown animals. The most important word being unknown. Of course, there is nothing unknown about the Alien Big Cats. From the descriptions provided by eyewitnesses, a good argument can be made that the ABC “collection” in the U.K. includes the lynx and the puma. And much more more too. There have even been a few hysteria-driven claims of lions and tigers wildly on the loose. So, with regard to the ABCs and Cryptozoology, the mystery doesn’t surround what the ABCs are (unless you subscribe to the paranormal theories, which I don’t entirely rule out, in some cases…). Rather, the mystery is why they are running wild – in the U.K. – in the first place.

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2018/01/cryptozoology-what-it-is-what-it-isnt/

 

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BorizBadinov

I often wondered if these weren't leftovers from the Victorian eras zoo fascination that were simply turned out into the wild. Or more recently in the 1980s in the US there was quite a fad of people purchasing exotic animals, often illegally. Could there have been a similar fad in the UK where people bought a cute little beastie and then decided to dump it in the woods after replacing multiple curtains and couches? There has to be some sort of migratory path for these creatures to be present if they are, and that seems plausible to me.

If I was in the UK at night and shined a light on a wallaby and red eyes reflected back I might think it was something unnatural at first too, because it would be out of place. Things look larger at night because your eyes focus on the creature and everything else drops into the background perspective wise.  

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Lucient

A wallaby in the wild in the UK would be out of place.

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Essan

Wallabies have been living in Britain for decades.  Though I understand the Peak District colony has died out.  I think they still live up by Loch Lomond - and who knows else where?

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/naturestudies/the-decline-and-fall-of-the-peak-district-wallabies-8503546.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/outdoors/galleries/wallabies/

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KevinCthulhu

I feel it depends on what the crypto means.  Does it mean unknown as in a type of animal that is unknown or unknown as in animals out of place living in places they shouldn't?

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oldrover

One of the classic definitions is that it's the study of unknown, or out of place or time animals. 

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tyrant lizard
On ‎08‎/‎02‎/‎2018 at 8:24 PM, Essan said:

Wallabies have been living in Britain for decades.  Though I understand the Peak District colony has died out.  I think they still live up by Loch Lomond - and who knows else where?

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/naturestudies/the-decline-and-fall-of-the-peak-district-wallabies-8503546.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/outdoors/galleries/wallabies/

I seen a few bouncing around the Dunstable Downs. Probably escaped from Whipsnade...

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Podo

Unrelated: I have never heard of Mysterious Universe, I rather enjoyed the social worker episode. I'm listening to it with a grain of salt, but I'm really enjoying it so far!

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rashore
4 hours ago, Podo said:

Unrelated: I have never heard of Mysterious Universe, I rather enjoyed the social worker episode. I'm listening to it with a grain of salt, but I'm really enjoying it so far!

Mysterious Universe does need a lot of salt.... but often has fun weird random stuff.

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Podo
On 2/23/2018 at 5:22 PM, rashore said:

Mysterious Universe does need a lot of salt.... but often has fun weird random stuff.

They're also just fun to listen to. I do a lot of driving around the backroads, podcasts are great for that.

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