Cryptozoology in the Home

Posted: 2010-10-20 in kids
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Cryptozoology, as you may or may not know, refers to the “search for animals which are considered to be legendary or otherwise nonexistent by mainstream biology.”  This includes the search for Bigfoot, or Chupacabra, as well as efforts to find living examples of animals considered to be extinct (such as dinosaurs or dodo birds).

My daughter isn’t familiar with the term, but she’s obviously familiar with the concept.  We were talking the other evening about pretend/fanciful animals, and she decided she needed to develop some visual aids for our discussion.  After some brainstorming, she decided on the following:

Yes, that is a rainbow-striped, 11-legged, two-tailed zebra.  She’s pretty sure it lives in the “forest” behind our house and hopes to one day capture it on film.

She also drew a 10-tailed cat and a dog with rubbery/elastic wiggly-legs, but refused to let me publish her findings on these animals, as “They are not real, Daddy”.

  1. Budd says:

    Mayhaps it is the boy zebra and only has 10 legs. Either way it will be in a future skittles commercial: Taste the Rainbow, be the Rainbow.


  2. SteveB says:

    Last time I had a little too much mezcal, I think I bumped into one of those.


  3. Mushroom season always attracts those critters to our house. Or maybe it’s the mushrooms I ate that brings them here.

    I was also told that in Humboldt County, the pot-growing capital of California, multicolored zebras are frequently sighted.


  4. mariser says:

    rather fanciful tails there.
    Bud has a point: one of the ‘legs’ is quite distinct from the others.


  5. Redscylla says:

    I applaud her very strict adherence to reality-based scientific inquiry. We wouldn’t want her to document any not real animals.


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