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|Theories|| · Cryptid|
· Escaped lemur
The Boston Lemur was a primate-like cryptid reportedly witnessed by Boston Red Sox senior advisor Bill James one night in the midsummer of 2008. James saw it while he was walking home from Fenway Park. The crowds were gone, and he was alone on the street.
James noticed an animal that, at first glance, he took to be a cat. He immediately changed his mind when he noticed the creature had huges eyes on the sides of its speckled gray head. it also had a puglike face, a very long tail "like a broom handle," and moved in an "odd sashaying motion."
James stared at the animal for "probably six or seven times as long as the period that a fly ball is in the air," before it scuttled under a car parked by the road. At one point, it seemed to "lift its hind legs over a stick in the road by using its tail as a kind of lever."
There are several explanations as to what the creature could be. Theories include:
- An undiscovered species (a Cryptid)
- An escaped lemur from a zoo or a private collection
- All four lemurs in the local zoo were found to be present and accounted for. However, the Boston Lemur could still have been someone's pet that escaped.
- There had been a previous lemur sighting 20 miles southwest of Boston on a rainy day in March 2002. On a farm in Sherborn, a "strange lemur-like dog" that looked like a smaller, "skinnier version of a Tasmanian wolf" was sighted by filmmaker Andrew Mudge.
- Mudge was visiting his parents' horse farm in the rural area. Next to the farmhouse was an old, unused, junk-filled barn. Mudge walked out of the house and saw an odd creature hopping out of a hole in the door of the barn, heading toward the woods.