The Case of the Scouting Troop

Updated: Mar 10

My Dear Fellow Cryptozoologists and Society Members,

Some of our greatest resources as researchers of the strange and extranormal creatures of our world are not our own senses but those of others. In our ongoing travels, we interact with thousands of regular people each year. Regular people who all have the ability to come into contact with the unusual and rare beings we are seeking. Our greatest resource is the ability to gather useful information from experiences that are not our own.

My niece has lately heard of our ongoing project and wrote to me last week about a close encounter she had with cryptids this summer. Beverly is a Girl Scout, and as all good Scouts do, she attends a camp every summer to better hone her survival skills.

One mild summer evening, the young people gathered their flashlights and pillowcases and headed to a forest clearing for a bit of recreational snipe hunting. As you know, snipes are not only a type of flighty shorebird, but share a name with a more sinister creature that prefers to cluster along dark treelines. The older, more experienced snipe hunters worked as runners, infiltrating the forest and flushing the snipes toward the clearing as you would a quail or a duck. The younger scouts held the line, ready to pounce on the creatures when they got close enough.

Beverly reports that they were ultimately unsuccessful in capturing and subduing any snipes this season, but that as a runner herself she did see a number of them up close. It has been a long while since I encountered any snipes myself, but her description seems fairly accurate when compared to my memory.

“Snipes, as you probably know Uncle, have thick black fur that helps them blend into the darkest of crevices. Their eyes betray them, however, with their two different colors reflecting the rays of your flashlight differently. One eye shines red and the other green, unlike more common wildlife whose eyes simply glow golden. They are small and fast, so fast that I think sometimes they must have wings instead of four legs like a rabbit. Their ears are like bats, and I always believe they will hear us coming, but they must be very confident in their ability to hide because they would rather sit unmoving at the base of a tree until I scare them up and chase them towards my fellows than run in the opposite direction on their own as they watch my approach.” ~Beverly Gourney, age 15.

It is a shame they did not manage to capture any, as it has indeed been a while since I saw a snipe, and our project could use some updated artwork. If any of you have had dealings with the mythical snipe (not the bird), and have in your possession photographs or anatomical sketches of these creatures, I do implore you to consider sending a copy my way.


Dr. Clark Cook

~Excerpt from Cook's Compendium Vol. XII

~Image Courtesy of Carl Graph via Flickr under Creative Commons:

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