Friday, June 3, 2016

Legend of Old Stinker

This is a reminder that the giant sloth is not unique to the americas in the fossil record.  Yorkshire obviously boasts a population of some sort.  Better yet the observations though scant with no truly close encounters, provide excellent confirmation.  We have the upright movement and the conversion to all fours associated with extreme leaping ability, all necessary for an arboreal creature.  This has rarely been noted in full display.

It is obviously not a wolf. wolves do not did up rotting corpses either in graveyards and never can they be called stinky.  Yet this is exactly what a giant sloth does to harvest its feed of fat maggots.  As posted before the giant sloth is an ambush killer that then carries the body off in order to cache it for establishing a maggot farm. That is also the reason for the horrible smell.

This strongly supports the idea that the Bronze Age sloth statues on that Greek island came about because of a local capture or kill of a female.  Obviously the creature is still extant in Eurasia and knows how to avoid humanity and may actually be careful to not disturb us at all.  Just as clearly this is our source of all Werewolf legends.

Legend of Old Stinker: Hull residents report multiple sightings of '8-foot tall werewolf' 

By Priya Joshi May 15, 2016 20:41 BST

Hull residents have reported several sightings of a "half-human, half-dog" beast roaming wild in the woods, reportedly around 8-feet-tall. It was reportedly sighted running on two legs and then on all fours around the Barmston Drain, a man-made channel near the town of Beverley. 

A woman who claimed to have spotted the mysterious beast in December told the Express: "It was stood upright one moment. The next it was down on all fours running like a dog. I was terrified. It vaulted 30ft over to the other side and vanished up the embankment and over a wall into some allotments."

There were reports of seven separate sightings of the creature. Residents have decided to organise a hunt on the nextfull moon to try film and catch the beast.

Local Labour councillor Steve Wilson has said he is taking the sightings seriously. He told the Express: "I am happy to keep a diary of sightings by people around here and report them to Hull Council."

The idea of werewolves became more popular in Europe during the witch trails, where people thought witches could transform themselves into animals. The full moon being the cause of transformation only became a popular part of the werewolf myth in the 20th century.

The myth of 'Old Stinker', the beast of Yorkshire has fuelled belief that the sightings are real. While it was known that wolves used to dig up corpses in graveyards in the Yorkshire Wolds, close to Barmston Drain, from this was born the legend of Old Stinker, a werewolf with red eyes and bad breath which was thought to have stalked the area hundreds of years ago.

Charles Christian, author of A Travel Guide To Yorkshire's Weird Wolds, told The Sun that the region is renowned for sightings of wolf-like creatures. "The Yorkshire Wolds was actually one of the last parts of England to have wild wolves," he explained. 

"Old Stinker was said to be operating on the other side of them but it would be no distance at all for a large animal to get to Hull. When you get multiple sightings combined with a tradition of stories going back centuries it is hard to ignore the possibility something might be there," Christian said.

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