This one’s almost, but not quite beyond belief. It’s even on the BBC so it must be true, mustn’t it?
Professional adventurer Colonel John Blashford-Snell, founder of Raleigh International, for some reason took it into his head to take an expedition of the Scientific Exploration Society to Bolivia to investigate a shallow crater about five miles in width. The expedition geologists are “95% certain that the crater is that of a large meteorite” which struck the Bolivian Amazon Basin up to 30,000 years ago. But that was nothing compared to his rediscovery of the once-mythical Double-nosed Andean Tiger Hound. First reported in 1913, the dog is thought to be descended from another double-nosed breed of dog in Spain called the ‘Panchon Navarro‘. So that’s quite a story. Perhaps its gilding the lily to add that Blashford-Snell’s expedition carried with it a church organ as a gift to local Bolivians, and included an organist and other musicians who taught the locals to play it. The organ — donated by St James’ church in Milton Abbas, Dorset — was transported by lorry 120 miles over the Andes to the Beni river then loaded on to a boat for a 430-mile onward journey.