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Cryptozoological Park

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

In my recent visit to my local Detroit Zoo, I rediscovered my lost childhood wonderment for the vast variety of creatures that walk this earth. From an egg-laying mammal, the duck-billed platypus, to the capybara, a four-foot rodent with webbed feet, there's never a shortage of the strange and unusual when it comes to animals.

While my focus here is on strange and unusual animals, it's not the variety found at your local zoo. I'm referring to the animals who's very existence is in question. The Yeti. The Mothman. The Skunk Ape. The Devilbird. Big Foot. The Loch Ness Monster. The Giant Worm Frog. These creatures are a twisted version of nature as we know it.

One of the greatest feats of mankind is climbing the 29,029 feet of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Several adventurers have perished while attempting to join the ranks of successful ascents. But some claim that it wasn't the lack of oxygen or extreme cold that folded their attempts and caused their demise. Some claim that these bundled up climbers make a tasty treat for the largest wild humanoid creature to walk the globe. The Yeti.

The Yeti is the Big Foot of the tundra. Reports of its height range from five to eight feet tall. It has long reddish-brown to black fur, large teeth and long arms that hang almost to its knees. Its head is elongated at the top with a conical crown. Yeti footprints have consistently been discovered in the Himalayas since 1832. Most recently, Josh Gates of the Syfy Channel's "Destination: Truth" found and casted a 13-inch foot print in the mud.

How have these creatures eluded scientific classification throughout recorded history? How, when eyes and cameras and awareness pry at their strife for separatism, do they remain to most a myth? The next time you're camping in the Rockies and think you see an animal that couldn't possibly exist, don't shrug it off. Take pictures. Look it up. Research it. Tell people, because chances are, you're not alone.

Post a comment to share your experiences at Cryptozoological Park.

Thanks for reading,
Rodger

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