Many people across the world believe in an ape-like humanoid creature who is covered with hair and walks on two legs. Those who claim to have seen this creature generally say that he has reddish-brown hair, is approximately seven to 10 feet tall, has a conical-shaped head, emits a powerfully obnoxious stench, and has enormous, human-like feet. In the United States, this creature is known as the Sasquatch or Bigfoot. He is attested to in Native American myths and legends that speak of giants, as well as in eyewitness accounts that predate the birth of the country.
Bigfoot has relatives all across the world. In the Himalayan countries of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan, the local people believe in and even revere a creature that they call the Yeti, known to many Westerners as the Abominable Snowman. Many Chinese believe in the Yeren, or Wild Man, who is said to inhabit mountainous areas of the country. The Yowie is attested to by the aborigines of Australia, and the Orang Pendek (or short man) is believed to live on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. The fact that so many cultures attest to the existence of an ape-like bipedal humanoid who lives on the outskirts of society is seen by many as evidence that such a creature does, in fact, exist.
Bigfoot is generally believed by the scientific community to be something known as a cryptid, or a legendary animal whose existence has not been proven. However, thousands of people every year claim to see the creature known as Bigfoot. The number of eyewitnesses grows each year as more and more people profess to have seen Bigfoot. Some have presented photographic and video evidence of him, and some have even given hair, skin, and other DNA samples! Still, there is no consensus between the scientific community and Bigfoot eyewitnesses as to whether or not the creature actually does exist.
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