Who knew Bigfoot could survive in the desert? A recent video has purportedly captured the legendary man-beast as it makes it way across the arid sands in Portugal.
Daily Star reported the Bigfoot sighting on August 17, noting that the man-like creature can be seen in the video for just a few seconds before it exits stage left behind a bush. The video is not high-quality footage and somewhat blurry. It seems as though the individual filming was interested in filming something else and was panning the desert terrain when the somewhat lanky, sand-colored (just a shade lighter than the surrounding terrain), perhaps hirsute human-like creature was spotted shambling down a road or pathway across from the camera. Walking a bit slumped over and looking as if its arms are incredibly long (not to mention extremely dark in the forearms), viewers on the YouTube video have likened its gait to that of the mythical Bigfoot.
But since when has Bigfoot inhabited the desert regions of the world? And since when have the legendary creatures been sand-colored? Of course, if the Yeti is the white-furred cousin to the Bigfoot, there should actually be no reason a creature with a pelt the color of sand lives in the desert. Simple protective coloration.
But the video lasts only a few seconds. When the figure moves behind a large bush, it does not emerge on the other side, which is rather odd behavior. Is the slumped creature taking a moment to rest in the shade? Since there is no further investigation by the individual doing the filming, the viewer is left with no way of knowing, well, anything.
The latest video is oddly reminiscent of the Patterson-Gimlin film, the famous 1967 footage of a distant, so-called Bigfoot caught moving away from the camera in northern California. Both are shot at a distance, but the Patterson-Gimlin film (which can be seen in the Animal Planet clip from Finding Bigfoot: Birth Of A Legend), runs for quite a bit longer (59.5 seconds, as opposed to roughly 25 seconds). The resolution is poor in both. (The Patterson-Gimlin piece can be put off on the lighting and technology of the time; the second video, not so much.) The main difference (besides location of the image capture and the coloration and physical attributes — that can be discerned — of the creatures) appears to be that the man-like beast in Portugal did not turn to look toward the camera, did not quicken its gait. It simply slouched its way toward the large bush and, once behind it, never reappeared.
But the answer to whether or not this Bigfoot video should be categorized as something worthy of speculation or something that should be relegated to the hoax file was quickly summarized by a viewer on user Higher Self’s share of the YouTube video. Joaquim Ribeiro wrote: “Portugal don’t have a desert. The police cars aren’t portuguese.”
Detractors were quick to point out how much the image said to be Bigfoot looked like a 1990s video game character, a form of animation, or some poor attempt at using CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) technology. Another said it was a robot. Still another said it was a “bald” Bigfoot. Any yet another said it was Groot, the tall alien character in Marvel’s hit film Guardians Of The Galaxy.
David Haynes jokingly wrote, “just my sister, don’t worry about her.”
So if the shambling figure isn’t a Bigfoot and barring that it is a hoax of some sort, what else could it be? According to information in the posting by user tictac mix, “Some have said it could be a Chupacabra, a legendary Central and South American goat sucker with its first sightings in Puerto Rico.”
But aren’t chupacabras supposed to be more vulpine or canine and less human-like? According to lore, chupacabras are said to be heavy, bear-like, with a rows of spines down their backs and tails. But definitions vary and most chupacabra sightings — and the occasional capture — tend to resemble mangy coyotes or dogs. Regardless, the chupacabra is generally considered an urban legend.
Bigfoot, however, has been part of folklore in various forms for centuries. The moniker changes with geography, it is known as a Yeti in the Himalayas, a Sasquatch in the Pacific Northwest, and a Swamp Ape in the southern U.S., Bigfoot — designated such because of its large feet — is believed by many to actually exist, although empirical evidence of the legendary creature has never been validated.
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