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Skunk Ape

The skunk ape is a cryptid said to inhabit the swamp lands of North Carolina, Arkansas, and most commonly found in the Florida swampland. It goes by other names as well: Swamp Ape, Stink Ape, Florida Bigfoot, Myakka Ape, and Myakka Skunk Ape.

The name was given to this creature for the rank smell that is said to accompany it. Reports of this creature were most common in 1960s and 1970s.

The skunk ape has dark colored fur, usually black or dark brown; sometimes the creature is described with a bushy tail. The average size of the skunk ape is around six feet tall but some have been reported as much as ten feet. These creatures often have only three toes, which differs from other legendary apes such as Bigfoot.

The creature’s diet is mostly vegetarian but have also been reportedly known to eat chickens, goats and other small animals.

Two photographs were mailed to the Sarasota County, Florida Sheriff’s Department by an unknown woman claiming them to be photos of the skunk ape. In the letter that came with the photos, the woman wrote that on three separate nights an ape came into her backyard and took apples she left on her porch. She thought it was an escaped orangutan.

In 2003, numerous sightings occurred around the Lafollette, Tennessee area. Samples of hair and fecal matter were collected and analyzed, but the results were inconclusive, and it could not be determined the exact species the samples came from.

Image Caption: Hairy creature similar to a Bigfoot cryptid such as the Skunk Ape. Credit: Thinkstock.com

Skunk Ape