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Monday, 15 January 2018

Disappointing To Say The Least

Which is an understatement.  Apparently those who ordered one of the new books then cancelled the orders.  I think someone was messing around.

After all the hardwork and sorting problems out with the publishing sales.

All other books are now on hold indefinitely.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

January Peak Breeding Season and Peak dispersal Season.

Please Support the National Fox Welfare Society.

January Peak Breeding Season and Peak dispersal Season. ‘The month of the leg injury’
Over more than twenty years we have been rescuing foxes, we have noted that in January calls seem to peak with regards to foxes suffering from front leg injuries mainly the paws. We believe this is due to January being the peak of the breeding season When foxes fight for a territory or the right to breed and need to sort out who is the boss, they adopt a 'Fox Trot' Dance like pose where two foxes stand up on their back legs and their front paws balance on the shoulder of the other fox. With mouths wide open they often scream at each and the one it seems who maintains the highest pose wins, this all takes place with rarely any blood spilled. If however you have two equal ranking foxes or two foxes of the same size and weight fighting for dominance it is possible that bites will be dished out and sometimes this fight can lead to death. We feel it is during this stage, where both foxes have their front paws resting so close to the jaw of the other fox, that injuries can be inflicted. In the Image posted up (Illustration by David Hall) it would be the fox on the left that would prove to be the more dominant of the two.

The Fox Trot

January is usually the month of unrest within the fox family - not only is it the peak of the mating season, but also the peak dispersal season too. Cubs that were born last year, now adults, will be seen as a threat to the breeding rights and the available food supply of their parents. Any sub-adults who have failed to disperse will usually be continually chased away. Many of the sub-adults will actually leave of their own accord in search of a territory and a mate of their own. The resident dog fox and vixen will be actively defending the territory against intruders, both physically and vocally. They do this by barking and urinating and defecating along the borders of their territory.
Since it’s the breeding season the dog fox will shadow the every move of the vixen, she is only receptive for a period of about 3 days. From the dog fox's point of view, he must ensure he is there when she is ready. Several attempts to mount the vixen will be rebuffed, sometimes quite aggressively. However, when she is ready she flirts around the dog fox. Caution at this stage is thrown to the wind, and many people will observe the foxes in the process of mating. When the vixen is ready the dog fox will grasp her from behind with his front two legs and start to mate. It is said that at this point the dog fox’s penis is not totally erect until he has actually entered the vagina when it becomes completely erect and the base of it begins to swell. Also, the vixen's vagina will constrict. This swelling and constriction will cause the pair to lock together, commonly called the 'tie'. When the dog fox ejaculates he attempts to dismount, but as they are still locked together he brings one of his back legs over the vixen’s back and there they stand, back to back, for the duration of the tie, possibly for hours. Through instinct the vixen will start to prepare an earth prior to giving birth; in a town environment it’s likely the chosen place will be under a garden shed. In the countryside, disused rabbit warrens are common, as are badger setts. Between 51 - 53 days later, the fox cubs will be born.
From previous years we have noted that calls peak regarding 'tied foxes' between 17th - 22nd of January. With all the new activity ie breeding season and dispersal many people will note for themselves that despite the availability of food put down by them, on many occasions, the food will still remain the next day. Proving that food availability will not necessarily mean more foxes in any given area, and regardless of these handouts the foxes themselves will control their own numbers. A family of cubs could have been coming to a garden for food each and every day of the week and regardless of these easy pickings, once old enough, they will disperse or be pushed out of the territory by their parents. Despite all the handouts, despite all the food available to foxes in our towns and cities, litter sizes have remained stable for many years, averaging between 4 - 5 cubs born and the fox population despite some recorded highs and lows has also remained stable.

Fox on the left trying to avoid attack

Ears back, mouth wide open in a submissive posture

An attack by the more dominant fox on the right is imminent

Attack mode

The fox trot

Minutes later with the hierarchy sorted and no blood shed

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Book Formats

To be honest, having now seen both formats for High Strangeness/UFO Contact and Mysterious & Strange Beasts/Strange & Mysterious Beasts I will be dropping the smaller format size in future though the two sizes for these books will remain in the online store.

The reason is a practical one. A great deal of work and effort goes into these books and someone is then, hopefully, going to buy a copy and I want that person to enjoy the book.  With the A4 format the photographs, illustrations, etc., come out in a lot more detail because, obviously, it is the larger format.  I think the quality holds up in both so it depends on what the customer wants.

Personally, I think the larger format is best so I will stick to that in future.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

More Zoo Animals ANOTHER Fire

I am getting sick and tired of this happening. I always wondered when I was a police consultant, why these zoos and safari parks I contacted seemed to almost panic. I think it is because of their incompetence.

London Zoo -it had to be a dog walker alerting people to the fire and animals died. Now this -13 Patas monkies (Erythrocebus patas). You see, years ago, zoo keepers did night and day shifts and patrolled the zoos at night and any problem they acted.

Now it is someone sat behind a monitor nodding off between dunking his biscuits in a cup of tea.

And zoos AND safari parks have very successful breeding...too other zoo wants to buy...kill them. Oh, sorry..."euthanize" them. All while extolling the virtue of the great work they are doing in making money...I mean helping the species survive.

I really hate Humans.

 Also, ONE zoo fire in the early morning accident. TWO zoo fires in the early morning...suspiciously coincidental: establishments need to tighten up security.

13 monkeys die after fire breaks out at Woburn Safari Park

Thirteen Patas monkeys have died after a fire broke out at Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire.
The park’s owners said the enclosure within the African Forest drive-through caught fire in the early hours.
An investigation is under way into the cause of the fire.
Woburn homes more than 1,000 animals in a road and foot safari. This includes rhinos, giraffes, elephants, lions, monkeys and tigers.
The attraction will remain open to the public.
In a statement the park said: “In the early hours of Tuesday 2nd January, a fire broke out in the Patas Monkey house within the African Forest drive-through enclosure of the park.
“Staff and fire crews attended the scene; however, devastatingly for everyone at the park, none of the 13 animals could be saved.
“All other animals within the jungle drive-through enclosure are being monitored, but early signs suggest that they have not been affected.
“An investigation is under way into the cause of the fire and while the park will remain open, the Jungle enclosure will remain closed for investigation.”
“The park is grateful to the quick response from Bedfordshire Fire Brigade, who attended with three appliances.”
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze was spotted by security guards on a routine patrol before firefighters arrived at 2.37am.
“They found the outbuilding housing Patas monkeys was well alight and its roof had fallen in,” it said in a statement.
“They fought the fire using fire hoses while wearing breathing apparatus to protect themselves from the smoke and fumes.
“The building was 90% damaged by the fire.”
The fire service said the incident was over by 4.46am.

Monday, 1 January 2018

The Alien Remains Found In Peru in 2017...Fact?

Sadly, this case never made it into Strange & Mysterious Beasts as I never got certain expected confirmation -after all, my field are felids, canids and wolverine.  But this is how the story ran -and still does with the help of sensationalist journalists looking to continue boosting ratings and  that odd mixture of cryptozoologist-ufologist.

Yahoo News 8th January, 2017:

Explorer claims 'alien claw' and 'skull' found in Peru tunnelsYahoo News 8th

Self-proclaimed paranormal researchers say they have proof of an "alien claw" after discovering a three-fingered bone structure in tunnels in Peru.
'Alien claw' and ' mummified skull' found in caves below Peruvian desert
'Alien claw' and ' mummified skull' found in caves below Peruvian desert
The Institute Inkari-Cusco, a group of "paranormal enthusiasts", said they also discovered a skull close to where they allegedly spotted the "hand".
The claims have not yet to be verified, but the researchers said they found the bones while searching caves and tunnels across Cusco in January 2016.

Researchers claim they have proof of an "alien claw" discovered in tunnels in Peru. Source: YouTube/Tyler Cusco

Dr Edson Salazar Vivanco concluded that the "mummified hand" was 33 cm long, has three fingers, metallic implants. Source: YouTube/Tyler Cusco
French researcher and explorer, Thierry Jamin, released the findings on his Facebook page on November 27.
He said, researcher Dr Edson Salazar Vivanco used x-rays and concluded that the "mummified hand" was 33 cm long, has three fingers, metallic implants.
"According to some estimates of physicians, archaeologists and anthropologists, this hand belonged to an individual whose size was maybe between 2.7m to 3m tall," Dr Vivanco said, according to aPeruvian blog.

"This hand belonged to an individual whose size was maybe between 2.7m to 3m tall," Dr Vivanco said. Source: YouTube/Tyler Cusco

French researcher and explorer, Thierry Jamin, released the findings. Source: YouTube/Tyler Cusco

'Paranormal enthusiasts' said they also discovered an elongated skull in the same area. Source: YouTube/Tyler Cusco
Dr Vivanco claimed the "claw" and "skull" were genuine biological objects with real bone and skin tissues and further testing was underway.
The researchers will conduct further radiocarbon and DNA testing of the mysterious specimens in the US in early in 2017.


Now to me this is all pure bovine excretia.  More fantasy by persons looking to make money or become celebrities.   The only reason I actually checked the story in the first place was because I was looking at images relating to South American mammals that might be mistakenly identified as "mystery hominids" (long story).  There was the photograph and so I checked out the story.

I have no doubt what-so-ever that these are the remains of nothing more than a Three-toed sloth (Bradypus tridactylus). Buried away in a cave for a very long time with dirt and grime building up on the skull -I note that these persons have not revealed the skeletons of these 'aliens' only the "hands" and head because they look strange and so are exploitable.

Here -a three-toed sloth skull and skeleton (the latter from the Cambridge University Museum of Zoology):

Liars, frauds and cheats always need to be exposed.

Friday, 29 December 2017

The Most Ground Breaking UFO Revelations Ever (well...)

Is everyone involved in Ufology just very dim these days?  They are astounded by documents released by the British Ministry of Defence via the National Archives such as:

1) UFO reports have been taken “seriously” by some of those in the Ministry of Defence in England, particularly by some of its “scientists and engineers”

I am sorry but the MoD has always stated that it can call upon scientists and other professionals to look at UFO reports and it has been widely known since the 1950s that there were those who believed UFOs were not of this Earth and those who did not.   There is nothing astonishing or ground-breaking in this.

2) A decision was taken in 1993 to classify a UFO study for the British Ministry of Defence and its output as “SECRET UK EYES B” explicitly “since a potential exists for political embarrassment”

Again,  nothing new. The whole reason that the AOP Bureau's officially unofficial worked stopped was because every agreement made by those who instigated the AOP B was reneged upon because it might be embarrassing. 

3) The British Ministry of Defence in 1993 was aware from intelligence sources that “Russia believes that such phenomena exist and has a small team studying them”

Again,  NOTHING new. The UK, France, Australia, United States -everyone knew that the Russians had a small UFO study group and there were enough articles about it in publications such as FSR in the 1980s.

4) The British Ministry of Defence was aware in 1993 that “an informal group exists in the US intelligence community” in relation to UFOs and that it was possible that this reflected “a more formal organization” or “more formal assessment activity”

Oh really, I am not writing "again".

5) In 1982, unnamed “US authorities” wished to have copies of any reports on a UFO incident which involved the launching of two USN F14 aircraft and the diversion of a RAF Phantom to “assist” a USAF aircraft to the south of Cyprus involved in a “UFO incident”. The few documents on this incident in the relevant file refer to various materials which are not included in the released material

I write nothing!

6) A British Air Attache in Paris in 1977 reported in that “the French military authorities had found nothing of an aggressive nature in the sightings although their scientists had been unable to explain the phenomena”

Okay, absolutely nothing new. As I discussed in High Strangeness/UFO Contact? the French attitude has been consistent since the 1940s and every other country could have learnt from "The French method". NOTHING new.

7) The Ministry of Defence had learnt in relation to sightings over Belgium in 1990 “informally, that the view of the Belgian Air Force is that a craft of some sort was involved and that they maintain an open mind on the sightings, which remain unexplained”

Oh come on. These points are all being treated by certain "elitist" (it is how they see themselves) Ufologists, who do everything from a comfy chair so as not to bruise their arses, as ground-breaking. This is the state of 'Ufology' now.

No, the Ministry of Defence never sent out "Men In Black" to silence witnesses and there was never ever a secret UFO study headed by Nick Pope -I had an internet exchange with an American over this last week and gave up because...the person in question seemed unable to understand what I was stating. The UK has always exchanged UFO information with its allies but mainly as an informal "So what's new?" Q&A.

From trying to set out investigating flying saucers in the early 1950s to subject has devolved into a factless, repetitive arm of the entertainment industry. Are there no really serious Ufologists out there now or is it all now pure spin?