Following my zombie update yesterday, I have a further one; this time concerning another subject I follow closely on HPANWO- Bigfoot. Popular Mechanics, famous for its opposition to 9/11 conspiracy theories, has stuck its oar into the unfamiliar waters of cryptozoology by covering a set of DNA tests done on hair samples nominated as coming from the Yeti also known as the Migoi or Migyhur. This is the Himalayan equivalent of Bigfoot, a large upright-standing primate living in the illusive and remote regions of the world's highest mountains. Their report is snide and sarcastic, as I'd expect from PM, but the biologist carrying out the tests is more professional in attitide. Prof. Norman MacLeod of London's Natural History Museum makes it very clear that although he has discovered that the hair people thought was the Yeti's is really that from other common and familiar animals, he doesn't rule out the presence of an unknown species of primate living in the Himalayas, see: http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/genetics/the-first-dna-test-of-yeti-samples-16945641. We have to take into account the large number of very credible witness sightings of these creatures. The lack of bodies and dung etc may be due to the fact that anything that dies in nature is quickly devoured by scavengers. I might have trouble trying to find a body of any particular animal species if I went into the woods to search for it. If these creatures exist then it's obvious that they shun human contact, the same goes for the Loch Ness Monster. What's more, as I detail in the background links below, there are distinct political reasons why a proper investigation into the presence of unknown primates might be hindered.
In 2001 a film was released called Great North, a wildlife documentary shot in IMAX. In one of the scenes we see a herd of caribou, a large deer-like animal, running along a river bank in a remote part of northern
At one point a large black humanoid figure appears out of a patch of long grass
and runs a few feet alongside the herd as if it's trying to hunt them.
Amazingly this was not spotted during the film's editing process and was only
pointed out by one of the movie's viewers in 2010. Unfortunately the range is
very long and the film only reveals what Skeptics call a
"blobsquatch"; they then go on to claim that the camera crew merely
captured one of their own team who had wandered into the location by mistake.
The reason the figure appears black is because he is a black person, or
"African American" as would say more politically correct commentators
than this one; and he is obviously wearing black clothes. It seems odd that an
experienced wildlife photographer would dress in black when working in a grassy
environment. I'd imagine DPM camouflage would be more appropriate, like hunters
and soldiers wear. Anyway, the production company have not commented; nor has
the alleged crew member in the frame admitted his mistake... and no doubt also
accepted a bollocking from the director for ruining the shot. There's another
reason for questioning the Skeptic explanation; the supposed "black film
crew member" is a giant. We know because luckily he was very close to the
running caribou herd when he was filmed; therefore we have a comparative gauge
to judge his height. Caribou are a very large species from the deer family and
can grow to five feet in height at the shoulder, the size of a small horse.
When compared with a token caribou nearby the figure comes out at a minimum of
eight feet tall, far larger than all but a handful of the most overgrown men in
the world. He would most definitely be a legend within the circles of the
wildlife cinematography profession. He would also be a Gold Medal-winning
athlete. Caribou can run very fast, up to fifty miles per hour, and we can tell
by watching the movement of the humanoid that it is running only slightly
slower than them. Only the upper body of this being can be seen so it's
literally possible that it could be a man riding a motorcycle, but this seems
unlikely because its engine noise would have disturbed the caribou and alerted
the film crew. Interestingly the being also appears to have a hunchback, either
that or it's carrying something on its back. Many primates, including some humans,
carry their babies on their backs; maybe this is a mother and child. This makes
me wonder how fast the creature would be able to run without the youngster
weighing her down, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzlpK5g5quk.
The question of whether we share this world with unknown large apes similar to
ourselves, to a greater or lesser degree, is not going to go away. More
evidence keeps coming up no matter any protests to the contrary.
See here for background: http://hpanwo-radio.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/programme-51-podcast-cryptozoology.html.