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Bigfoot: Fact or Fiction
Transcript of Bigfoot: Fact or Fiction
Bigfoot on Film
In 1967, two men reported capturing a Sasquatch on film, at Bluff Creek, California. This film is the most famous "evidence" of Bigfoot.
Origin of the Bigfoot Legend
Stories of a giant, hairy creature that appears half man and half ape have existed in various parts of the world for centuries. The only continent not to have stories of a "Bigfoot" type creature is Antarctica. Native Americans have long believed in a "wild man", and many tribes have names for him. The most well known is "Sasquatch".
Description of Bigfoot
Bigfoot is described by believers as being between six and eight feet tall, covered in brown or red hair, with enormous feet - up to two feet long!
Evidence of Bigfoot
The most common evidence of Bigfoot is giant footprints. Since 1958, thousands of large footprints have been found throughout North America. The spacing between prints - more then three feet - is a longer stride than a man can make.
Other Bigfoot Evidence
- Bigfoot is said to throw rocks, which is common in other known primates as a way to communicate.
- People report a strong unpleasant odor when (or before) they see Bigfoot.
- Several branches and trees, 2-3 inches thick, have been broken or twisted off within a close area. It would take something really strong to bend or twist trees this thick.
- People have found nests of sticks, branches and moss. Some believe they are built by a Bigfoot as a place to rest.
What do Scientists Believe?
Scientists have found no real, physical evidence of Bigfoot, and consider the creature to be a combination of folklore, misidentification, and hoax.
Tracks of other animals, especially when made in melting snow, can be mistaken for Bigfoot tracks.
Many sightings of Bigfoot are thought to actually be a bear standing on its hind legs.
Many believe that footprints are made with "fake feet".
Some pictures and films of Bigfoot are really men wearing a gorilla costume.
Hair samples said to be Bigfoot hair have been tested and found to be hair of bears, wolves, or even fake hair.
If Bigfoot exists, we haven't found him yet.
What do YOU think?
Presented by David F. Vargas