Tuesday 15 June 2010

Out of place animals and Bigfoot in the news

A photograph of one wallaby, taken by a motorist near a lane in St Breward, follows several recent sightings of a male, female and baby in the area.The animal seen by the driver is thought to be a male which escaped from a farm three years ago and was never caught. He appears to have found another escaped female, who was later pictured with a joey in her pouch.After they were sighted last year there were fears the animals may not be able to survive the winter, but the new photographs suggest they have been able to adapt to the British climate.A spokesperson for the RSPCA said the animal charity is often called to capture escaped wallabies, but it is rarer to find examples of them living in the wild in Britain.She said: "Wallabies are quite hardy so they do survive quite well. They are breeding as well so they have been doing fine. It has been going on for several years and they have survived some pretty cold winters.
"There are definitely colonies across the country so people should not be surprised if they have seen them."

Bigfoot afoot? Local legend resurfaces after reported sighting near Casar
Monday, Jun 14 2010, 6:00 pm by David Allen
Legend speaks of an ape-like creature who called Upper Cleveland County home in the late 1970s. Robert Williams, then covering the news for Charlotte media outlets, named him “Knobby,” a towering beast many considered as the resident Bigfoot.Knobby stories flew overseas, Williams said, drawing interest from New Zealand and beyond. Newspaper articles from 1979 detail more than a dozen Knobby sightings and investigations by the North American Research Association and researchers from a university in Massachusetts. But the rumors and sightings near Carpenter’s Knob — hence the creature’s name — mysteriously stopped decades ago.Then, Timothy Peeler called 911.Peeler, of Vanada Drive in Casar, is a self-proclaimed “South Mountain man.” He’s surrounded by woods and a ridge worthy of postcards.It was June 5 when Peeler supposedly spotted a man-beast, upwards of 10 feet tall, that screeched like “a night bird” and grunted in the warm night air. The creature sported dark hair, Peeler said, with a grey beard stretching to its navel.Authorities were dispatched that morning around 3 a.m., according to a report from Cleveland County Communications.Deputies filed a suspicious person report after investigating the incident.Williams was surprised to hear of the recent sighting. It had been years, he said, since Knobby’s supposed existence made headlines.The sasquatch was reportedly sighted in the 70s by numerous people, including highschoolers, a banker and an elderly woman. One man said Knobby might have broken his goat’s neck.“People came in from everywhere,” Williams said. “People contacting me from around the world.”
Source: http://www.shelbystar.com/news/legend-47482-sighting-late.html

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