Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Beast of Ennerdale

The saga of the Beast of Ennerdale is one of those that is little-known outside of the the confines of the British Isles, but it's also one that just never seems to go away. And here's good mate Richard Freeman - the CFZ's in-house zoologist - to give his views on the beast and its dark predations.

As Rich explains:

"In the spring of 1810, a bizarre series of livestock killings began. Over the next six months, a mystery predator cut a bloody swathe through Cumberland. This creature was never identified, but became known as the Girt Dog of Ennerdale. Though often quoted, this chapter in British animal mysteries is one of the most cryptic and obscure. On re-reading the tales recently, I found a strange thread that no-one (to my knowledge) has picked up on before. The saga of the Girt Dog may be even odder than anyone has ever realised: and the 'Dog' itself may be a doubly Fortean beast."

And, for the remainder of Rich's thought-provoking and even unique essay, you know what you have to do: click right here.

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