Re: Stuff and Nonsense Unleashed
« Reply #1965 on: Aug 7th, 2017, 08:00am »
GOOD MONDAY MORNING ALL
Mysterious Hybrid Strain of Anthrax Is Running Rampant in African Rainforests
It's killing chimps and spreading to other species.
PETER DOCKRILL 7 AUG 2017
A strange breed of anthrax bacterium killed more than half of the dead chimps analysed in new research from Africa – and scientists say the fatal infection could wipe out the local chimp population in the Ivory Coast.
As grave as the findings are, the greater implications of the Bacillus cereus biovar anthracis (Bcbva) bacterium could be that its infection vector isn't just limited to chimps – with researchers unexpectedly finding the strain had also killed animals from numerous other species.
"To our surprise, almost 40 percent of all animal deaths in Taï National Park we investigated were attributable to anthrax," says virologist Emmanuel Couacy-Hymann from the Ivorian Animal Health Institute.
Bcbva was first discovered back in 2004, when scientists found that dead chimps in the Taï National Park had been infected with an emergent strain of the usually harmless microbe, Bacillus cereus.
But this was no regular B. cereus, as the bug had somehow evolved to replicate the lethal molecular arsenal of Bacillus anthracis – the bacterium that causes anthrax.
Specifically, Bcbva seems to have adopted B. anthracis's virulence plasmids – DNA strands that enable the bacterium to spread the Anthrax infection, which is carried when one animal eats an infected deceased animal.
Since the original discovery, researchers have found evidence that this dangerous hybrid has caused the deaths of chimpanzees, gorillas, and elephants in Cameroon and the Central African Republic, but the latest study paints an even grimmer picture.
In the new research, scientists analysed bone and tissue samples taken from the carcasses of more than 200 animals found in the region over the past 26 years.
When they examined the samples looking for traces of the anthrax pathogen, they found it was responsible for approximately 38 percent of local wildlife deaths – including several monkey species, duikers, mongoose, and a porcupine.
The worst toll was exacted on chimpanzees, though, with 31 of the 55 individuals examined having died from anthrax – and if things are left unchecked, the researchers fear the local population might not last another 150 years.
"According to our projections, anthrax could over time contribute to drive chimpanzees in Taï National Park to extinction," says one of the team, Roman Wittig from the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany.
The findings highlight that anthrax, which is usually found in arid conditions, can also threaten populations in tropical rainforest environments, but researchers still don't completely understand where the Bcbva strain comes from, nor how it spreads.
In the animal kingdom, anthrax usually threatens hoofed animals in dry plains, who become infected when they graze on bacterium-tainted soil. That's clearly not the case here, given chimps at least spend most of their time far off the ground.
"We don't know how they get infected," researcher Fabian Leendertz from the Robert Koch Institute in Germany, who helped originally discover Bcbva, told The Atlantic.
"How do the spores make it up in the trees?"
The most likely explanation is carrion flies, which might spread the pathogen from infected carcasses to food sources that chimps subsist on, like fruit.
It's only a hypothesis for now, but the study uncovered Bcbva DNA in 12 out of 103 flies examined in the research – which suggests flies could be playing a part here.
Fortunately, there are no reported cases of Bcbva-based deaths in humans – but that holdout may not last forever, and could be down to a lack of firm autopsy data rather than any kind of immunity to the pathogen.
"In these rural areas, no one really knows what people die of. In reports, it always says things like malaria or cholera, but these are not properly diagnosed," Leendertz told Ed Yong at The Atlantic.
"We have stories of people finding dead animals in the forest, eating them, and dying. But we can't link those to anthrax yet."
Until we know more, there's no cause for undue alarm here, nor are the researchers saying that this mysterious strain poses a risk to people.
But the data on Bcbva's spread among wildlife and chimps in particular – in climatic conditions not usually associated with anthrax – means there's a lot more we need to find out about here.
"This needs to be taken seriously," veterinary scientist Chris Whittier from Tufts University, who wasn't involved in the research, told Science.
Re: Stuff and Nonsense Unleashed
« Reply #1966 on: Aug 7th, 2017, 08:04am »
Truly Bizarre Accounts of Spontaneously Vanishing Bigfoot
Brent Swancer August 7, 2017
The Bigfoot phenomenon is already quite strange enough as it is, and has long been ground zero for all manner of sightings of people seeing something large, ape-like, and decidedly not human prowling the forests of North America. The main theory behind these encounters is that we are possibly dealing with some undiscovered bipedal primate, perhaps even an ancestral species of human, either way a flesh and blood creature. However, there has been much speculation over the years that this may not be the case at all, and that these beings could be something far weirder than that. Among these are reports of Bigfoot that have seemingly phased out of reality, gone invisible, or otherwise vanishing right before witnesses’ eyes. Although perhaps not quite as common as more traditional sightings reports, they nevertheless come in, and suggest that possibly something more is going on here than a mere undiscovered animal.
Re: Stuff and Nonsense Unleashed
« Reply #1968 on: Aug 8th, 2017, 07:54am »
The News & Observer (North Carolina)
NC group reports a Bigfoot sighting: ‘We had eye contact’
By Mark Price August 07, 2017 7:45 PM
A “large bipedal animal covered in hair” was reported in North Carolina’s McDowell County over the weekend.
In other words, a Bigfoot: The ape-like creature that cryptozoologists believe roams the nation’s backwoods.
The sighting happened just before 11 p.m. Friday in a forested area. No one was injured, though the group reports something threw rocks at them as they left the area. McDowell County is about 100 miles northwest of Charlotte.
John Bruner of the Marion-based group Bigfoot 911 reported the event on the group’s Facebook page Saturday. Bigfoot 911 is one of a handful of groups around the country that investigate reports of Bigfoot sightings, mostly in places average people don’t go at night.
Bruner says a team of seven people were out at the time, scattering glow sticks in the woods. (Bigfoot 911 members believe glow sticks pique the curiosity of a Bigfoot.) It was the sight of one of those glow sticks moving through the woods that got Bruner’s attention.
“I turned on my headlamp and saw a large bi-pedal animal covered in hair,” said Bruner in his Facebook post.
The animal took off, and Bruner says he ran after it, eventually prompting a brief stare-down next to a dead tree.
“Its face was solid black, no hair on it. The hair looked shaggy all over,” Bruner said.
Then it took off, not to be seen again, he said. Bruner told the Observer Sunday it is the best sighting he’s had in years of searching for the animal.
“I was able to see details of the creature … like the face, and the hair was matted and stringy. The eyes were farther apart than human eyes.”
Belief in the existence of Bigfoot is a brush fire that wildlife experts can’t seem to put out. National Geographic reports there is a wealth of circumstantial evidence: eyewitness accounts, blurry photographs, mysterious footprints. However, there’s a lack of undeniable proof, and that has made skeptics of scientists, who insist the sightings are often misidentifications of other animals.
It’s finding proof that drives Bigfoot 911. Bruner says the group had been out two hours Friday when the animal was sighted. He says he wasn’t scared but was more interested in getting a closer look.
“I knew it was my chance to see it up close,” he said. “I didn’t appear aggressive. We had eye contact for 5 to 10 seconds.”
One thing he says he didn’t notice was the bad smell that is so often tied to Bigfoot folklore.
Bigfoot 911 is a small but dedicated group of investigators who have quietly spent the past few years poking around the woods of McDowell County in search of the legendary Bigfoot, or as some call him, Sasquatch.
The group formed in 2014 and claims to have extensive evidence that Bigfoot exists. It has about 50 members.
There have been multiple reports of Bigfoot sightings in Western North Carolina in recent years.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported last year that the Animal Planet series “Finding Bigfoot” saw enough anecdotal evidence in North Carolina to warrant a visit to film an episode. “Finding Bigfoot” follows four researchers who track the mythical beast around the world, guided by local lore.
In August of 2015, the Citizen-Times released a video of a purported Western North Carolina Bigfoot sighting that went viral.
To contact Bigfoot 911, visit their Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1317656541582843/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Facebook page has plenty of photos, including photos of what many posters swear are footprints of a Bigfoot.
Re: Stuff and Nonsense Unleashed
« Reply #1976 on: Aug 9th, 2017, 08:12am »
Gargoyle-Like Creature Spotted in Spain
Posted on Aug 8 2017 - 10:57am
SPAIN — A British man claims he saw an unidentified winged creature in southern Spain.
28-year-old IT technician Alex Nasirc told Cryptozoology News he was in Santa Maria Del Aguila, Almeria when he witnessed the purported being.
“I was in south Spain for nearly one year. I was always a nature enthusiast, so I traveled a lot,” he explained. “Because of the really hot weather in those regions, people often leave their windows at night open for better air circulation,” he added.
Nasirc says he was sleeping when he woke up to a sound he wasn’t able to immediately identify.
“It was around 1 a.m., I though it was someone in trouble. My instincts told me there is a woman who is having terrible trouble and she might be in a lot of pain. At some point I was annoyed that I had to witness it. I knew it wasn’t an owl.”
Reportedly, Nasirc went to the window to investigate when the noise got louder and clearer.
“My flat was on the fourth and last floor, where I had a nice terrace with a view in front of the block over the parking lot. I looked out the window and over the terrace, but my view from there was restricted only to the far side on the parking lot. The lights were on so the visibility was good. But in order to see the full area of the car park, I had to get out on the terrace, so I can see in front of the block,” he explains. “I was about to go over and into the terrace I saw something big coming over the building and in that instance the noise was made again. I literally froze. I wanted to duck but I was amazed.”
A strange winged animal, he says, was 25 meters — about 82 feet — away from him.
“It looked like a dog with wings. I couldn’t see the front legs, just the rear ones. It didn’t have front legs. ”
He says the odd creature took off the building and began to fly. That’s when he claims he could take a better look at it.
“It was heavy. The way it flapped its wings looked either tired or about to fall to the ground. The legs where hanging. It seemed fatherless. It looked like skin. It had a pale color. It looked pinkish. But at night time the lights from the parking lot have a different spectrum,” he recalls. “It did not seem to hunt anything nor was it in any rush.”
One of the things that also captured the man’s attention was the robotic movements.
“It looked like falling down but with a slow flap of the wings it would rise up and forward almost instantly. It looked powerful. It could easily pick up a person. I should get my phone, I thought. It not worth it, by the time I turn around from the desk with the phone its gone. Just watch, observe. As it got to the left hand side of the parking lot, it raised up just so it can fly over the block again.”
Nasirc says the animal then disappeared, but was able to describe some additional physical features.
“Thick, short beak. It looked like a carnivores’ nose. The head seemed to be stretched at the back. Bulky torso or body. Curved wings with arms look alike. Span around 2 to 3 meters wide — about 9 to 10 feet –. Thick, powerful back legs that were held diagonally, almost vertically. Long, thin tail. Heavy, slow movement. Pale pink color. Size of a massive dog or a big feline like tiger or lion. It looked like skin texture. No feathers. No scales. It almost moved like a robot,” he said about his September 2010 claimed encounter.
In July 2015, two people in Nevada reported seeing a creature that reminded them of a pterosaur, a flying reptile believed to have gone extinct about 65 million years ago.
Two weeks later, a minister and her daughter claimed to have seen an unidentified flying creature that looked like it was “straight out of Jurassic Park”.
In September that year, multiple eyewitnesses reported seeing a winged humanoid in Singapore.
Two months later, a Portugal student said he had seen a giant bat-like creature in the southern side of the country.
The ahool, a giant bat-like flying cryptid first described by Dr. Ernest Bartels while exploring the Salak Mountains in Java, is believed to have gray fur, large black eyes and an approximated wingspan of 1o ft. Some cryptozoologists, like Ivan T. Sanderson, suspect it might be a relative of the African kongamato while others opt for the pterosaur theory.
Santa Maria Del Aguila has a population of 15,000 and is very close to the African continent.