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John Mahoney
John Mahoney
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Posted 12.16.08
Cobden, Ontario

JOHN MAHONEY

More than 100,000 see video *capture* of Baby Memphe on YouTube

NEWPORT, VT | Mythological Memphre, the border region's legendary lake monster, now has a fast-growing world-wide audience on YouTube, the largest video-sharing service on the Internet.

More than 100,000 fans have logged on to YouTube and LogCabinTV.com to watch Babe Lake Monster Captured, a short video that purportedly documents the netting and examination of a baby Memphre.

About 1,000 watch the 84-second video every day, according to YouTube stats.

The Ruffkutt Videoª was made by former Newporter John Mahoney, publisher of the on-line Log Cabin Chronicles who relocated from Tomifobia, Quebec, to Muskrat Lake, Ontario, in 2007.

"Wow," commented one YouTube viewer. "That's all I have to say is wow."

Others are skeptical or downright hostile about it. You'll have to watch it and make your own judgment.

The footage was shot in July, 2007, during a gathering of friends at a cottage on the west shore of the lake, close to the Canadian border.

A lad from New York state spotted the little monster. It started swimming towards him and he captured it with a fishing net. He was careful not to hurt it. I was toying with my camcorder with me and let the tape rollÉ

Charlie Tetreault of Newport was one of the witnesses of the capture of the small creature, which is about the size of a fryer chicken Charlie got up close and personal at the end of the minute and half video. I wish Jacques Boisvert could have been with us when we finally captured Memphre. He would have gotten a great laugh over the Memphre myth made manifest.

(Boisvert, the "dracontologistÓ who came up with the name Memphre, died in February, 2006, Magog, Quebec. He was an avid scuba diver and spent much of his life beneath the waters of Lake Memphremagog. Jacques coined the name Memphré and never tried to make a single dollar of our collective Quebec/Vermont mythological monster.)

I cannot tell you what happened to the baby Memphre after it was closely examined but, during the capture, you can hear a background voice on the video call out: "Have you got those coals ready for itÉand the fire?"

And I think it's safe to assume that it wouldn't have tasted like chicken.

You can find the video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNFMHKIT0-s or at www.logcabintv.com, the video section of Mahoney's Log Cabin Chronicles on-line magazine.

And people, have your willing suspension of disbelief button handy.

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