Recently a bear in New Jersey has made waves through the media for it's uncanny ability to walk on two legs. The bear sustained some sort of injury, and as a result relies on bipedal locomotion to get around. This raises the question, are bigfoot eye witnesses just seeing bears walking on their hind legs? Here's an article from the Washington Post about the topic:
As we reported last week, a large, dark and very hairy beast has been seen walking on its hind legs through New Jersey neighborhoods for the third summer in a row. It’s clear that this being is no human. What could it be?
In this case, video captured by locals has shown that this particular furry walker is a black bear — one nicknamed Pedals for his bipedal gait, which he uses because his front paws are injured.
But the strange sight prompted more than one Washington Post employee and reader to ask this question: Could the thousands of reported sightings of bigfoot over the years actually have been walking bears?
People discussing Pedals on Reddit asked or concluded the same thing. So did people on Twitter.
We here at Animalia aren’t authorities on Bigfoot, nor do we vouch for its existence. So we reached out to the experts for some analysis. Bigfoot experts, that is.
And their response could be described as a big, collective eye roll. It turns out that bigfoot believers have heard this idea a million times — because Pedals isn’t the first bear to be seen walking upright — and they have responses ready to shoot it down.
To read the responses, and the rest of the article, click here.