An interesting one made news recently with regard to an Out of Place Animal (in this case a bear) witnessed in Rendlesham forest, site of one of the most infamous UFO reports ever documented. Below is the link to the article:

Bear Spotted in Rendlesham Forest?

Nick Redfern, a native of England and also famed for his research of such areas as documented in his book Three Men Seeking Monsters, comments over at his blog Man-Beast UK:

“As some of you may know, the forest’s main claim to fame is that it was the site (in December 1980) of what is without doubt Britain’s most famous UFO incident.

So, is a bear really on the loose in an area of forest that just happened to already be dominated by high-strangeness?

My guess is no.

Rather, I suspect that – like so many places around the world – Rendlesham Forest is a classic “Window Area” of the type that attracts (or opens doorways to?) Fortean oddities of a particularly odd nature.

Interestingly, in my 2004 book Three Men Seeking Monsters, I related the story of a man named Sam Holland who claimed to have seen in Rendlesham Forest a beast that sounds somewhat like that which is currently being reported – but way back in 1956.

It’s very possible that Holland may have seen the Shug-Monkey: an odd, perhaps spectral “beast,” that is alleged to have roamed the area centuries ago.”

You can read the rest of Nick’s commentary by clicking here.

If you’ve read Nick’s books and articles, you’re probably well aware of many of the strange kinds of phenomenon fellows like he and John Downes, director of the British-based Center for Fortean Zoology, have painstakingly documented. Indeed, sightings of bears, big cats, Man-Monkeys, cave-dwelling proto humans, and all manner of other strangeness abound throughout the forests and preserves of the British countryside… yet how is this possible? Is Nick correct about his theory that Rendlesham may be a sort of “Window area” for odd happenings of the Fortean kind?

Special thanks to Gralien Report correspondent Nick Redfern for contributing to this report.

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Author: Micah Hanks

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