Because of this it is also known as the Stink Ape.
Reported mostly around Florida swamps, it has also been spotted in surrounding states.
Skunk Ape / Stink Ape
This creature is said to be half man, half ape and is often called the Skunk Ape due to the fact many eyewitnesses report a strange odour, similar to rotting eggs or sulphur, coming from it. In most cases it is dark haired and has glowing red eyes, however some have reported a creature with red stringy hair. Like Bigfoot, the creature is said to be larger and taller than an average human male, however Bigfoot is said to be significantly bigger than the Skunk Ape. Also, like Bigfoot, tracks have been found in many cases, some thirteen inches long.
The major difference seems to be the locations, as Bigfoot is or has been seen in large, mountainous forests in the Northern States, while the Skunk Ape has been seen only in the vast, swampy areas of Florida.
Like northern Native American tribes in regards to Bigfoot, the creature is known to the southern tribes of Florida, with elders telling stories of swamp beasts said to be "tall, hairy men" who are held in some respect and are left alone. There are no accounts of these creatures attacking humans, however reports from the 19th Century claim the creature may have been responsible for devouring dogs, livestock and jumped like "a giant kangaroo" and ran as "fast as lightning”.
The sightings that were made in the 1970s were so common that many believed a Skunk Ape would soon be caught. In 1977, State Representative Paul Nuckolls from Fort Myers tried to pass House bill 1664 (HB1664) which would make it a misdemeanour to “take, possess, harm or molest anthropoid or humanoid animals.” Although the “Skunk Ape Bill” made it through Committee, it was withdrawn before an official vote could be taken by the House. Undeterred, Nuckolls tried again the following year with HB58, but it too got shot down before a vote could be taken.
A curious fact that many deflect is that most primates lack what is called a tapetum lucidum, a layer of tissue behind the retina that reflects light. So why are people reporting encounters with a creature with glowing red eyes?
There are 1,650,000 acres of connected forests and swamps spanning from the Florida Everglades, through Louisiana stretching into Eastern Texas that are mostly impenetrable, and could be inhabited by a tall hominid creature or creatures that manage still today to evade hunters and the general public. Although many still think that the idea of ape-men sharing the world with us to be impossible and lacking hard evidence, the Skunk Ape of Florida is yet another example of the possibility that perhaps an unknown primate, or ancient ancestor of man, may still reside alongside us, hiding from the ever-growing expansion of the Homosapien civilisation.
Or maybe a mutant hybrid?
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