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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:OCTOBER/NOVEMBER KEEPER NOTES FROM THE WILDLIFE PARK


THE BEAST RESURFACES! Richard


This half-term 16th – 27th October, following a spate of recent sighting of a mysterious brachiosaur-like creature in Bassenthwaite Lake, perhaps disturbed by ongoing work on the Cumbria Pipeline, we are investigating all possible explanations.


In the summer of 1973, Rudolf Staveness and Gunnar Jacobson photographed a strange creature in the water whilst holidaying at Bassenthwaite Lake. Rudolf said: “Resting near to the Lake, I saw something that made me both excited and intrigued at the same time. Something strange was swimming in the lake. It ducked below the surface and reappeared some distance away. The speed that the animal moved was amazing. I have never been able to find out what it was I saw and my story has been met with some ridicule.”


A local canoeist, who refuses to give his name out of shyness, was coming down from the Keswick end of the lake


on a recent Friday evening in a kayak shortly before dusk, when about midway down the lake, he saw an animal approximately fifty feet to the right of the boat, rear its head and neck up out of the water ten or twelve feet but when it saw him, it immediately dived.


Cockermouth School students start the display work Artist’s impression


The kayaker explained: “I ceased paddling and gazed around in astonishment, for the strange apparition which I had just seen, when it raised about the same distance to the left, this time giving a low bellow something like that of a cow. The monster glided along in sight for some distance but it was too dark to see the animal distinctly.”


Vicky keeps up the search for the Beast


We’ve been working with GCSE students from Cockermouth School


to create an interactive display at the Wildlife Park introducing visitors to the history of the ‘Bassenthwaite Eachy’, including copies of Victorian images and photographs and newspaper reports of this ‘Beast of Bassenthwaite Lake’ from the past 50 years, as well as explorations of possible explanations. Whilst many of the sightings may involve foreign objects coming out of the water, at the end of the day, there are still inexplicable sightings and our staff are skilled cryptozoologists who can investigate the phenomena.


Richard Robinson, Park Manager and the Team To find out more visit www.lakedistrictwildlifepark.com


017687 76239


SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER


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