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Skunk Ape
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Fictional Character
    Born in United States
    Large, bipedal mammal resembling an ape said to be 7-8 feet long with 2 inch long reddish brown hair
    Name derived from various witness accounts of the creature's smell - from skunk to rotten eggs to methane to cow manure
    Most sightings occurred in the Florida Everglades area, but also reported in Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Illinois
    Best photos ever taken of it was by an anonymous grandmother in 2000 (see picture) - known as the Myakka Skunk Ape Photos
    It doesn't have a cool name like its less smelly, more famed Pacific Northwest predecessor.
    Sightings date back to the 1800's, but have increased in the 2000's.
    Skunk Ape-mania hit its peak in the 1960's & 70's with 75 sightings and residents hawking T-shirts of the creature.
    The anonymous photographer says she fears the beast but doesn't want her home turned into a media circus (more likely she doesn't want to be labeled a whack job).
    Only people NOT looking for it have seen it - park rangers who routinely patrol the Everglades area have yet to get the slightest glimpse.
    Cryptozoologists (those who study undocumented animals) are happily keeping busy with all the recent sightings.
    The photos are some of the best ever of a mythical creature and have brought interest in Florida's Myakka River State Park.
    It inspired the low budget 1972 documentary film 'The Legend of Boggy Creek' which grossed over $20 million.

Credit: Scar Tactics


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