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Highlands County, Florida
We've lived in Florida all of our lives and I've never believed in the
skunk ape or bigfoot until now, because of my oldest daughter having seen
one. This happened in 1997 when she was about ten years old. At the time,
she had never even heard of bigfoot or the skunk ape because we don't watch
much TV, and she had never seen anything about it in books or magazines
either. The incident happened in Highlands county near the Polk county
line. We were at my mother in laws house which is pretty far out
in the country next to a stream. The terrain could best be described as
scrub, and the stream is thickly wooded on both sides with trees, vines,
and palmettos. Anyway, it was about 3 or 4 O'clock in the afternoon and
broad daylight. Me, my husband, my mother in law and her husband were inside
my mother in law's house, and my daughter was standing just outside the
back door facing the stream which is about 200 feet or so from the back
door. She suddenly came running in the house out of breath and very excited
saying over and over that she had just seen a big tall hairy thing. She
said that she was standing in the back yard facing the stream when she
heard something crashing through the woods on the edge of the stream coming
towards her. Thinking it was going to be a deer or something like that,
she just stood there waiting to see it emerge from the thick trees and
brush. But instead of a deer she saw a very, very tall creature covered
head to toe in hair or fur. She said it was at least 8 feet tall. She said
it came out of the trees and brush into plain view and sort of trotted
past her running parallel to the stream, and then went back into the brush
and continued traveling along the stream. It was running slowly, almost
sort of jogging with its arms held sort of stiffly at its sides and bent
at the elbow. She said that it never looked in her direction but only looked
straight ahead. Her description of it is as follows- Very tall,
about 8 feet or so. Covered head to foot in dark brown hair or fur about
1 to 2 inches in length. The hair on the stomach area was a lighter brown
color. It was jogging along on two legs upright like a man. The creature
was very dirty and muddy. It had a sort of cone shaped head and no neck.
It's head sat right down on it's shoulders. It had no visible ears. It's
lips sort of poked out some. It had long arms and big hands and feet. It's
legs were extremely muscular. Anyway, that is her account
of what she saw. Three years later, my sister in law and her two kids saw
a skunk ape in the same area but in Polk county.
Activities of Witness:
Standing outside the back door facing the stream.
Description of Creature:
Very tall, about 8 feet or so. Covered head to foot in dark brown hair
or fur about 1 to 2 inches in length. The hair on the stomach area was
a lighter brown color. It was jogging along on two legs upright like a
man. The creature was very dirty and muddy. It had a sort of cone shaped
head and no neck. It's head sat right down on it's shoulders. It had no
visible ears. It's lips sort of poked out some. It had long arms and big
hands and feet. It's legs were extremely muscular.
Additional Notes and or Follow up Comments: Upon contact the witness had no additional information to add to this report.
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