NORTH CAROLINA – BigFoot was spotted – and videotaped – in North Carolina!
Standing 7ft tall and waving his hairy arms in the air, ‘Bigfoot’ was spotted in the woods of North Carolina. In a grainy film shot by a passer-by the 300-pound creature growls and dashes across the road to find cover in the woods.
The clip lasts five seconds but the blurry figure is clearly visible making his way unsteadily across the tarmac – on two legs.
It was shot by Vietnam war veteran Thomas Byers who is convinced it was Bigfoot, the mythical ape-like creature which prowls the wilds of North America.
He said it weighed 300lbs, had yellow teeth and left behind six-toed footprints, not to mention a strong whiff of decay.
‘It was truly one of the most amazing sites I have ever seen,’ he said.‘It was at one point only 15-20 foot from me and it happened so fast and shook me up so bad that I really didn’t understand what I had seen until it was up the side of the mountain and out of sight.’
My Byers and his friend Carolyn Wright were in the countryside of Rutherford County in North Carolina when they spotted the beast climbing up a bank by the road.
When they stopped the creature looked at Mr Byers, threw up its hands and roared before running into the bushes.
‘It ran across the road and into the woods right in front of us and I was able to film it,’ Mr Byers wrote on his blog.
‘In the short video you can hear it snarl or growl at me.
‘One thing I know is the smell of it was horrid. It smelled like a cross between road kill and a skunk.
‘And it did not like the fact that I was there on the road with it. In the video you can hear it snarl or growl at me as it crosses the road.’
The sighting happened in Golden Valley where a Bigfoot called ‘Knobby’
has been sighted for years.
Mr Byers said: ‘I do know it was a very real being that was severely p***** that I was there on the road with it. It was truly one of the most amazing things that I have ever seen.’
The myth of Bigfoot has been a fixture of local legend in the Pacific Northwest of America for centuries and has achieved a level of notoriety on a par with the Loch Ness monster, despite no concrete evidence he actually exists.
Known as a ‘Sasquatch’, he stands on two legs but is covered with fur and makes crude animal noises instead of speech.
The number of Bigfoot sightings spiked after an article in the December 1959 issue of now-defunct monthly magazine True.
The most celebrated instance was the Patterson-Gimlin film shot by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin in northern California in 1967, around the time that the original Planet of the Apes was released.
The film’s director John Landis later accused its costume designer John Chambers, who created the monkey suits, of being the man in the ‘sighting’ footage.
Another man also came forward more than 30 years later and said he was the man in the Gorilla suit, alleging Patterson had offered him $1,000 to don the ape outfit.
Mr Byers’ sighting sparked a frenzy of speculation on the Internet and accounts from other people who also claim to have seen the beast.
Saw one too posted on Mr Byers’ web page: ‘In 1970, my girlfriend and I saw one also, about 7 foot tall, in Northern Wisc.
‘We had just finished a ‘make out session’ in a rural area of heavy woods, I backed the car out of the dirt road to the main road, when we reached the main road, a large bigfoot, pushed the branches apart of the heavy brush by the edge of the road, it was huge and only 5-6 feet from her door.
‘She screamed, I looked over, saw this giant man/ape creature coming at the car, literally a few feet away, I hit the gas and sped away, miles before we stopped and tried to collect ourselves.’