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Beastly Encounters

Michael Buckley

Published by Smashwords


Copyright 2012 Michael Buckley

Smashwords Edition

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. No part of this story may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system without written permission by the author, except for brief quotations embedded in reviews.

Parts of this book have previously appeared in magazines--including BBC Wildlife, National Wildlife, Canadian Wildlife, Outpost Magazine, CNN Traveller, Beyond Magazine, and Perceptive Travel e-zine. Many thanks to Riina Tam for proof-reading the manuscript.



I have always been drawn to stories of fantastic mythical beasts like the dragon, the gryphon, the chimera and the harpy. But I was never content to just read about them. I wanted to get closer to these magical creatures. The dinosaurs were real, after all. The woolly mammoth once roamed large parts of the northern hemisphere: today specimens turn up encased in ice. Science fiction: it may be possible to resurrect the woolly mammoth by cloning from a well-preserved specimen. Other beasts started out as mythical, but over time have been proven to be real. For centuries, there were persistent rumours of a giant ape living in the jungles of Africa: it was not until the mid-19th century that the creature was introduced to science and christened the gorilla.

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