Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Damian Bravo, a Sasquatch believer. You can join Damian's group Sasquatch Lives? on Facebook.
Today I wanted to touch the subject of what many people think is roaming in the continent of North America is a bear, escaped primate or a man in a gorilla suit. We already know plenty of hoaxes have been done, but when it comes to Sasquatches, too many people this is serious business. If we look for a moment, at least from the perspective and thinking if you did see a creature. Can a rational person confuse what they are seeing for a bear, none the less a primate or a man in a gorilla suit running around in the woods.
Let’s take for example the many documented cases of hunters, who have been hunting the typical animals that roam the vast wilderness that still exist in North America. Yes people we still have areas of our continent that have yet to be disturbed by man. Well here we have a guy going on his always exciting hunting trip, amped up to go kill a moose or a bear or what not. He sees a creature he has never seen before, almost poops his pants. Comes back tells his story, and wham, it’s all over the newspaper and the cycle begins all over again.
Ok, show us the proof, tell us how tall it was, what did it look like, and then we hear that always faithful question,” are you sure it was not a bear, maybe some escaped primate or someone in a gorilla suit.” Well I was thinking about having everyone do a little experiment. Print or make copies of a picture of a bear, an ape and a man in a gorilla suit and Sasquatch, take any child under the age of ten until maybe five or six, show them each picture all side by side and ask them what they see in the pictures.
What you will find, that every one of them knows exactly what a bear, an ape and a man in a gorilla suit looks like on average, the Sasquatch some of the children may recognized from the “Harry and the Henderson” movie with John Lithgow. Now, from the moment we begin to watch television as children, we learn what these animals and non-animals are like the funny guy in the ape suit. In my opinion If we take this in account, we are basically taught by television and the world around us how to tell these animals apart, ok I will say it again even the funny guy in the gorilla. So how can a hunter or anyone else that had a sighting, mistake them for something else. So why ask them if they saw those other things, if they already told you they saw a creature like a Sasquatch.
If we want to be objective, I think we need to stop comparing those animals and non-animals we come to know and really start listening to the stories and if they have proof even better. Let’s stop saying, Bears! Apes! Man in a gorilla suit! Oh my! Recently I had a chance to talk with an actual witness of a sighting and seen some amazing photos. It was interesting to hear his story and how in particular he describes features on the Sasquatch face. These are his words, “it was amazing to see when I looked through my binoculars it was looking back at us, I could see the details and wrinkles on its face and it kind of lean over to the right. He explained that the creature, the person with him and himself looked at each other for about 3 minutes. I will talk about this in more detail in another article.
It is important to remember that it’s human nature to want to automatically make sense of what we are hearing or seeing. Our brains just work that way, if a person that has actually seen a Sasquatch, even let’s say if it was a person born and raised in a city, that has never been camping and has only seen a bear, ape or man in a gorilla suit on television or maybe a zoo or circus, they have to and should be able to tell the difference in an encounter of that type. So this is the reason I listen and pay attention closely when I hear someone relate a story of a Sasquatch sighting. I take in the little details and descriptions of what they saw, but at the same time I watch their facial expressions as they speak every word. This way maybe I can capture the emotion of what happened to them.
So many men and women have put their credibility on the line, people that are highly respected are now searching for an answer, for a reason of how what they saw is so hard to find and clearly capture on both photography and video. The skeptics clamor for a body and the news channels look at Sasquatch as a reminder that you can’t jump the gun before you get your facts and report on such an event, even CNN has been fooled by hoaxers. Unfortunately the damage has been done and is up to people like Doctor Meldrum and Doctor Ketchum now to create some true answers from the research they are conducting at this very moment. Hopefully they will be able to bring to light some true evidence from their work, whether it will be disputed is another matter once we get there.
When we look at this ray of hope, the reason riding on the back of proof, from the findings of this research, I look at those that have seen Sasquatch as the underdogs fighting the heavy weight champion of the world and knocking a couple of teeth out for those that believe and when the final round comes and they are toe to toe, I hope we will see the bear, the ape and the man in the gorilla suit leave their seats in disgust and good old Sasquatch will stay in his seat smiling because he put all his money on the underdogs. For those of you looking for the answers, remember to do it objectively, no one that I know of has a PHD in Sasquatch Erectus yet, if they do I would love to talk to them.