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Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 80 hours. (For more info, please click on the September program schedule link. As a most eminent cryptozoologist, Offal par- ticularly enjoys the Point's Thursday pro- gram. At dusk, HSP transforms into a truly mys- terious world. It is then that the creatures of the night begin to stir. Dark shadows slide silently behind the black mangroves. Strange cries are heard over the sing-song chattering of the frogs. Then, a sudden flash of eyes is reflected in the moonlight. Could those be the eyes of a Florida black panther? While I am away, I hope that readers will continue to report their sightings of our elusive (but documented!) bobcats and will send me their photos. Otus (courtesy Victorian Web) words, and these accounts are from people who know the difference between a short- tailed bobcat and a long-tailed wild cat. Is it Kipling's "The Cat That Walked by Himself"? (Photo courtesy the Victorian Web, kindly see link below: http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustra- tion/kipling/23.html) Or is it Mowgli's beloved Bagheera? I'm off to HSP today to solve this mystery with Offal's help.Offal has generously al- lowed me to rent, at off-season rates, a small branch in a tree adjacent to his ca- pacious oak. As for Historic Spanish Point, it is a beehive of activities during daylight

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