From Pinky Royale
Update From Pinky Royale...
I've found the photo of the 'chupacabras' that I wrote
about earlier. It was in Issue 82 of the Fortean Times. The 'goat sucker'
can be located in Somerset at Cheddar Showcaves and Gorge. There is a display
in one of the caves called 'Crystal Quest' which is a 'fantasy grotto [populated
by] Tolkienesque figures of dragons, goblins, dwarves, wraiths, and the
Lord of Darkness.'
Now, if we could only clear up that 'Thunderbird' thing...
I saw this picture a few years ago in a book. It was taken
in some tourist cave and it was actually a plaster goblin that was placed
up in a dark corner to scare folks with. If I can remember correctly, there
were a few 'monsters' scattered about the cave. The person who took the
photo supposedly took it in the dark and didn't see what was in the frame
until they developed it, at which time they freaked out or something. The
cave owner cleared up the hysteria, and the story ended there, with one
proud prankster and one tourist with egg on their face.
- This "debunking" page, is uncredited and hence
unsupportable. The image is featured in my book, with the permission of
someone named Amar Kamel, a Saudi national who originally sent it to me
about two years ago. He also sent it to the Art Bell program, on which
Art commented about it for a while.
- When this page came to my attention, I began to contact
various people to find out about the supposed "cheddar cave"
connection. I've written several e-mails to the management of the cave,
even attaching the picture, with NO response at all as received as of yet.
- According to Amar Kamel, some friends of his were hiking
in Saudi Arabia. When twilight fell, they spotted a strange will-o-the-wisp
type of light, which they followed for quite a distance until darkness
was complete. Eventually the light floated to a crevice in a rock and disappeared
- The hikers followed, but had no additional lighting.
The cave inside was tight and dark, but they could still see the light
at the back of the cave. One of them decided to take a picture with a flash
camera and see what came out. The result, when the film returned, was allegedly
the picture of the entity on the wall.
- Due to the following items, I still doubt this is a hoax
(though I may yet be proven wrong:
- 1. The anonymous nature of various "debunkers;"
- 2. The lack of response from the Cheddar Cave/Crystal
Quest management. This is particularly strange, as if part of an exhibit,
such an image might have copyright issues or restrictions.
- 3. The extremely realistic musculature, irises, teeth
and gums, bone structure (the skull in particular), and so on.
- 4. The similarities with the cloven, grasping feet and
physical build to other anomalous entities.
- 5. The fact that, in Islam, the Koran expressly FORBIDS
the creation of a semblance of any being, as it is believed that to do
so will bring about damnation.
- And there are other reasons as well.
- I think this recent account is a hoax:
- ...Unless this woman was one of the hikers.
- I've also seen this account, from another middle easterner:
- Creature in Rock Crevice! Bashar writes, "This is
a true story in UAE RAS el khaimah This picture has been released as a
police report evidence in the UAE , about a young man went in the cave
in ras el khaimah to take pictures in caves known to be deserted. Although
he have been warned . he went in to take pictures. who called the police
after he warned him. all he saw is the flash in the cave and a quick scream
. and few hours later they found the man in the cave in day light time
that is. Died & and the single picture found in his camera is this
one." -- There's more at the site, including the claim about it being
a fake goblin from "Crystal Quest." Yet I am NOT entirely convinced
of that, as this is just hearsay as well, as far as I can tell. If it IS
a fake, it's a darned good one. The details of the extremities, musculature,
gums, teeth, eyes, etc. are very convincing.
- As I said, I received my copy of the image from a man
named Amar Kamel in Saudi Arabia, who gave a similar story to the one above.
Amar claimed that people he knew personally had taken the photo, under
similar or identical circumstances, yet they did not die or come to any
harm. The rest of the tale is essentially the same, with the addition of
following a floating light to the cave, and inside. His story is, in fact,
much more convincing and logical, very matter-of-fact.
- I'm still investigating, but until I find out for sure,
it will remain in the book. It could be that it is in someone's interest
that it NOT be believed to be genuine.
- As for being a chupacabras, the thing in the picture
does not fit the description of one at all.
- --Michael Mott
- ----- Original Message -----
- From: <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>Cheddar
- To: Rick-
- Sent: Thursday, June 13,
2002 3:39 AM
- Subject: Re: A QUESTION ON
- Dear Rick
- Unfortunately, this particular plaster goblin is not
one of our exhibits. However we do have plaster goblins, but perhaps not
as evil looking as the picture you sent!
- If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate
to e-mail me.
- Many thanks
- Kate Walton
- Personal Assistant
- Cheddar Caves and Gorge