Big Foot - Mapinguary - Sasquatch - Florida Skunk Ape - Yeti - Yoser

Variations of a specifc large ape-like looking creature seems to have been seen in various regions of the planet. Different cultures gave the animal different names and developed legends around its history.



BIGFOOT - SASQUATCH

In the United States the creature is known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch and is most often seen in the wooded areas of the northwest.

Eye-witnesses describe the creature as being 6 feet to 8 feet tall, walking upright on two legs (bipedal), weighing 500-800 pounds and being covered in hair.



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Recording Bigfoot's Voice June 2002 - Unknown Country


14 Researchers Make Unprecendented Bigfoot Discovery

October 5, 2000 - Sightings

One of the Northwest's biggest mysteries, the Sasquatch, also known as Bigfoot, is no longer a legend - it's alive, according to researchers who have discovered what they say is its imprint.

� Deep in the northwest mountains, a team of 14 researchers tracked the elusive primate-type beast for a week deep in the mountains of the Gifford Pinchot national forest.

� The imprint appears to be a hair-covered body lying down on its side, reaching over to get some fruit, the researchers said. Thermal imaging confirmed that the body print was only hours old.

� From the imprint, they created a 250 lb. plaster cast of what they say is the lower half of the Sasquatch.

� "We actually almost missed it," said researcher Derek Randels. "It dawned on us all at the same time, and it was overwhelming."

� "These heel impressions weren't made by a person getting in the mud wallow and squirming around," said Dr. Jeff Meldrum of Idaho State University.

� The trackers gathered hair samples that will be analyzed by DNA testing. They also made voice recordings of what they think is the Sasquatch wailing, also being sent off for analysis.

� The creature is believed to be 7 to 8 feet tall, weighing 800 to 1,000 lbs. The researchers believe there are hundreds just like it throughout forests in the Northwest.

� There are a lot of sightings, they added, but estimate that more than 90 percent of sightings go unreported for fear of ridicule.

� "This cast is very hard to argue with," said Randels. "We have had a lot of very intelligent people looking at it in the last two days and I think it's just going to be a heck of a shot in the arm for the credibility of the creature's existence."



Fingerprint Expert Tries To Debunk Bigfoot - Reaches Opposite Conclusion

February 21, 2000 - Houston Chronicle

Jimmy Chilcutt is not someone most people would associate with the kind of wild, unsubstantiated stories that show up in supermarket tabloids.

Chilcutt, 54, is skeptical by nature. His job as a fingerprint technician at the Conroe Police Department requires hard-nosed judgments and painstaking attention to detail.

He is highly regarded by agents of the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and state and local law enforcement agencies because of his innovative techniques and ability to find fingerprints where others fail.

But in doing what comes naturally -- being careful and thorough -- he ended up rocking his own skepticism about one of the most sensational tales that routinely show up in the tabloids.

Chilcutt's quest to squeeze more information out of fingerprints led him to develop a rare expertise in nonhuman primate prints. He tried to use his special knowledge to debunk alleged evidence of Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch.

But his examination of alleged Bigfoot footprint castings didn't lead to the conclusion he had expected. He now believes that -- while some of them are fakes -- some are the genuine prints of a reclusive animal that has yet to be documented and studied.

The path to Chilcutt's unusual investigation began with an idea he had in 1995. "If I could look at fingerprints and could tell the sex, gender and race, I'd be way ahead," he recalled.

He began examining fingerprints to determine whether there were differences based on race or sex.

It finally occurred to him that the key to understanding human fingerprints could lie in nonhuman primates.

Primates are members of the order of mammals that includes humans, great apes, monkeys and lemurs.

Chilcutt said he hoped to find primordial characteristics that would unlock hidden information in human fingerprints. First, he had to convince a zoo or a research center to allow him to take fingerprints.

"It was hard to find somebody who would let you fingerprint their monkey," he said.

After being rebuffed about 25 times over three months, he called Ken Glander, director of the Duke University Primate Center in Durham, N.C.

Impressed by Chilcutt's expertise, Glander offered prints from his collection of lemurs. But Chilcutt was primarily interested in apes, so Glander steered him to the Yerkes Regional Primate Center at Emory University in Atlanta.

Kaylee Summerville, occupational health program coordinator at Yerkes, said Chilcutt's request was received with caution.

After checking Chilcutt's credentials, the center arranged for him to take prints of apes at the Atlanta zoo during an annual medical checkup, while the apes were anesthetized.

Since then, Chilcutt has amassed a collection of about 1,000 nonhuman primate prints. He has 350 prints.

He said there are only about four or five researchers working with nonhuman fingerprints. "All are biologists," Glander said. "We don't have fingerprint expertise."

Chilcutt studied the primate prints and discovered characteristics that distinguish different species and traits within species. He said he has become an expert on primate prints through long study of his samples, although he is not yet able to decipher human fingerprints.

But an opportunity arose in December 1998 to put his rare knowledge to use. He was at his home in Montgomery reading a book one evening, barely paying attention to a TV program about Bigfoot.

His interest was piqued, however, when he heard the term "dermal ridges," a reference to fingerprints.

He listened closely as Jeff Meldren, associate professor of anatomy at Idaho State University, held a casting of a supposed Bigfoot footprint and pointed to what appeared to be the loops and whorls of prints.

Believing he could determine the authenticity of the prints, Chilcutt phoned Meldren, a specialist in primate anatomy and locomotion.

"If there is a Sasquatch, only a handful of people in the world know the difference between a primate and a human print," Chilcutt said.

Meldren said he was delighted to find someone who could help authenticate his collection of about 100 castings of supposed Bigfoot footprints.

Searching for Bigfoot

A skeptical Chilcutt arrived in Pocatello, Idaho, last April and began studying the collection.

He first examined the casting Meldren had shown on TV and quickly determined it to be a fake. The toeprints were actually human fingerprints.

Meldren turned him loose on the entire collection.

The print ridges on the bottoms of five castings -- which were taken at different times and locations -- flowed lengthwise along the foot, unlike human prints, which flow from side to side, he said.

"No way do human footprints do that -- never, ever. The skeptic in me had to believe that (all of the prints were from) the same species of animal," Chilcutt said. "I believe that this is an animal in the Pacific Northwest that we have never documented."

Meldren, for whom the study of Bigfoot prints is a sideline, believes it's a legitimate, scientific inquiry.

"A misconception is often perpetrated that this should be relegated to the tabloids," he said. "The question is, what made the tracks? They are there; that is indisputable. It's either a hoax or the track of a living animal.

"Officer Chilcutt has brought his expertise to that question. We will never know for sure until a specimen is collected. Until then, it's unscientific, in my opinion, to dismiss this evidence without giving it an airing."

Glander, who was casually acquainted with Meldren when Meldren taught briefly at Duke, said: "Do I believe in Bigfoot? I don't know, but I think it's one of those things that is interesting and intriguing."






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THE FLORIDA SKUNK APE

The Florida Skunk Ape is supposedly a seven-foot-tall gorilla-like creature said to resemble the legendary Abominable Snowman.

Witnesses in the Florida Everglades have claimed to have spotted the red-haired Big Foot, known locally as a Skunk Ape because of its appalling smell.

The National Parks Service dismisses the stories as a hoax, but American tribes that live in the swamps insist it is real.

FLORIDA SKUNK APE Site about 'the southernmost Bigfoot in the U.S.A.' with sightings Info, reports, a BBS, and a page to submit your own report. IN SEARCH OF THE SKUNK APE



In Australia the creature is known as YOSER.



MAPINGUARY - THE BIGFOOT OF BRAZIL

For over a hundred years, the existence of Mapinguary, the Bigfoot of Brazil, was folklore mostly confined to the Rio Araguaia valley in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. But all that changed one March night in 1937.

"In March and April, 1937, strange stories came over the telegraph wire to Rio (de Janeiro, then capital of Brazil--J.T.) and Sao Paulo. An immense, ape-like monster had come out of the unknown and started a real reign of terror round the country bordering the Rio Araguaia."

In Barra do Garcas, 500 kilometers (300 miles) east of Cuiaba, "swooping down on cattle ranches and fazendas (farms--J.T.) this mysterious monster roared in the blackness of the tropic night like the father of ten thousand demons come out of Hell for a lively holiday."

Fazendeiros, "who all the long night had remained indoors...crept out, shaking, to find dozens of yellow cattle, of old Spanish origin, lying dead on the pampas, their tongues torn out."

"Round the carcasses of several wild cattle which would charge a jaguar at night...there were great man-like footprints, some eighteen inches (about 45 centimeters) long."

Across the river in Aragarcas, "Night fell, and again came the horrible roaring from the dark. No nerves could stand it, and as soon as dawn was judged safe, a great trek of panic-stricken Brazilians headed for the nearest outpost of civilization."

There were other reports of slaughtered cattle, some as far south as Ponte Branca, 240 kilometers (150 miles) from Barra do Garcas. "None of the fierce cattle, lying dead, showed any signs of a struggle with what had leapt out at them out of the darkness of a Mato Grosso night."

The Mapinguary rampage lasted for three weeks and made the major newspapers in Rio and Sao Paulo.



YETI - THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN

In the Himalayas creature is called Yeti--the Abominable Snowman.

It is described as having white hair.

Yeti sightings are found in the Himalayn Mountains of Nepal. Yeti is a large primate. Approximately 8-9 feet tall. The body is covered in fur.

Sometimes confused with the abominable snowman, the Yeti is a distant cousin to the greatcarnivorous apes of warmer climates. An adult Yeti stands 8 feet tall and is covererd in long, white fur. Their feet and hands are wide and flat, which helps to disperse their great weight (about 300 pounds) on treacherous snow fields.

They travel on all fours like the apes, but fight very comfortably standing erect. Unlike most apes and gorillas, the Yeti does not have an opposable toe on its feet. They wear no clothing or ornamentation. The spoor, or smell, of a Yeti is very subtle in cold climates, but in confined or warm areas, they have a strong, musky odor.

The eyes of a Yeti are icy blue or almost colorless. They have a transparent second eyelid, which allows the creature to see in blowing snow, and prevents its eyes from freezing in extreme temperatures. Their claws and flesh are ivory white. Unlike many arctic creatures, the Yeti does not have a thick layer of body fat to keep it warm. Instead, it relies upon the special properties of its thick, warm fur.


A YETI TALE

Lama Sangyay Dorje lived all alone on the snowy mountainside above Dingboche, near the world's highest peak, Mount Everest. He was a holy hermit, vowed to silence, who selflessly dedicated his days to altruistic prayer and meditation.

One night the lama was sitting up and keeping silent vigil over the moonlit world of men and creatures, praying for their salvation even while they slept. A huge yeti silent stole up on him, intent to kill. Yet so awesome was the saintly lama's peaceful presence that the terrible Wildman was,without a single word, cowed into temporary submission.

With gentle gestures the ragged monk welcomed his fearsome visitor. As the lama had long ago befriended the entire world, including all beings without exception, he was absolutely free from fear. For the first time in his life the terrible yeti felt accepted rather than feared, and his untrammeled spirit soared with an indescribable relief such as he had never before experienced in the company of another.

Sangyay Dorje knew better than to preach to the benighted yeti. He simply treated his unexpected visitor as part of his household; for he knew that in this way he could eventually tame the Abominable Snowman's savage nature, and sow the seed of peace and enlightenment in his heart. For whomever is connected to a saint, sage, monk or nun participates in, and inherits a share of, their excellent karma.

Little or no vegetation grows at that high altitude, far above the treeline therefore the ascetic lama habitually subsisted on weak tea, dried yak cheese and tsampa, roasted barley flour. However, from that day on the yeti brought the lama fresh meat; then the monk would pray over the flesh, sending the deceased spirit on to better rebirths. Only then would the pair of solitary mountain-dwellers, in silence, share their simple repast.

Thus the years slipped swiftly by, as they do. The lama grew ancient and infirm; the powerful yeti continued to bring him food, collect firewood, and carry water from a nearby stream. Never did the lama ask the hunting Wildman to reform his uncouth ways, although he himself well understood the Buddha's teaching concerning the law of karma, cause and effect: that one inevitably reaps what one sows, and that to kill will cause one to be killed. Again and again the saintly sage prayed for his friend, the hairy behemoth who acted as his servant. Never did one word of human speech pass between them; nor did their mutual understanding and respect ever require it.

One day a great avalanche of snow filled the mountains with its terrifying roar; that night the yeti failed to return to the hermitage. By moonlight the aged lama went out to seek him, holding his gnarled walking stick in one hand and a well-worn rosary in the other. Hours later Sangyay Dorje found the yeti's gigantic corpse tossed like a broken twig at the bottom of the avalanche. He immediately performed the yogic practice called Consciousness Transference, sending his friend's consciousness principle on to higher rebirth. Three days later, according to tradition, he hacked up the corpse, with prayers and incantations, and fed the flesh to the circling, hungry vultures.

Only the yeti's scalp he kept. Later he bequeathed it to the monastery at Pangboche, where it remains a treasured relic today--the sole yeti scalp in captivity.


ANOTHER YETI TALE FROM LAMA SURYA DAS

Many yetis used to live on the slopes of Mount Everest, near Soulu Kumbu in eastern Nepal. The Sherpas of the village of Namche Bazaar eventually grew accustomed to them, although in the dark of night their sudden apparitions sometimes scared unwary travellers half out of their wits.

One day, trouble began. Whatever fields the hardworking Sherpas  planted during the day, the yetis would tear up at night, undoing all their work. However, the villager's were afraid to fight the huge yetis, and were at a loss what to do. No answer loomed in sight.

One day the entire village met in an uncultivated field. Sure to make enough ruckus to attract the attention of their unwelcome neighbors, the destructive yetis, the Sherpas proceeded to hold a great celebration -- drinking chang, dancing and feasting. Eventually, seemingly drunk, the entire band of merry villagers began playfully swiping at each other with wooden swords and curved knives, with increasing intensity, until dusk descended. Then the villagers returned to their humble homes, leaving behind their mock-weapons and empty whiskey jugs.

Soon after dark, the youngest, most agile men stole back to the party-place, where they swiftly replaced the wooden weapons with real ones, and filled the whiskey pots with the strongest homemade brew those high mountains had ever seen. Then they slipped unseen back to their homes. At midnight the mischievous yetis came to the field. They immediately drained the chang pots to the dregs, and began dancing and playing with the swords and knives, just as they had seen the Sherpas doing that afternoon.

In the ensuing drunken confusion, tempers flared; none among the yetis survived.Thus the villagers were rid of the Abominable Snowmen, and the fields again became fruitful.



YETI: ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS
A pretty good history of the sightings of the Yeti in
the highest mountains of the world.



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