April 22, 2010

KNOWN BY MANY NAMES

The elusive Sidehill Croncher (Crevida Scrofa) is known by many names. In other parts of Vermont they are called Sidehill Gougers, Rooters, and, of course, Wampahoofuses (Wampahoofi?) .

The Wampahoofus Trail above Butler Lodge near the Forehead of Mt. Mansfield was so named by Professor Roy Buchanan because of a rock formation that looks like the profile of a Wampahoofus.

Ben Nappi of Milton throws a healthy bit of skepticism into the discussion by calling the animal's entire existence into question. He writes, "My English teacher, Mr. Butts, used to call one of these creatures a Sidey Hill Wampus. If he made a point in class and someone said, "Yeah, but--" he would say "There's no such thing as a 'Yeah But. It ranks right up there with a Sidey Hill Wampus and a Ooch-Ooch Bird'."

Hmmmm. Looks like we better start doing some bird-watching.