Karl Shuker's "Alien Zoo" column
'Fortean Times' (FT152) November 2001
Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzia, now an independent central Asian country
renamed Kyrgyzstan, has not previously attracted much attention from cryptozoologists.
But all of this may now change -- thanks to the recent discovery in its
mountainous Aktalinsky region of mysterious footprints reminiscent of
those of man-beasts previously reported further south in the neighboring
Pamir mountains of Tajikistan 20 years ago. Measuring 18 in (45 cm) long
and 12 in (30 cm) wide, they were apparently found by a frontier guard,
who claimed he saw them outlined against the clay bank of a mountain river
flowing through this remote region.
© Fortean Times, November 2001
credit Nick Sucik, Hawaii
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