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‘Bigfoot Discovery’ Turns Out To Be A Gorilla Costume

August 20, 2008

Researchers said on Tuesday that the supposed corpse of a Bigfoot discovered by two men hiking in the woods of Georgia has been deemed a fake.

The hairy heap claimed by the men to be the corpse of the mythical half-ape, half-human creature was actually a full-body rubber gorilla costume.

Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, the owners of a company that offers Bigfoot merchandise claimed they discovered the Bigfoot corpse while hiking in the woods of northern Georgia. The pair then released a picture that started an Internet frenzy from Australia to Europe.

Last Friday, the men held a news conference which revealed the results of tests on genetic material from the alleged remains, which were frozen in ice and placed in a freezer, did not prove the creature’s existence.

Bigfoot creatures are said to live in the forests of the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

“The rubber suit was discovered after the researchers thawed the corpse,” said Steve Kulls, executive director of the Web site Squatchdetective.com and host of Squatchdetective Radio.

Kulls’ statement, also carried by Biscardi’s Web site www.searchingforbigfoot.com, referred to the claim that the corpse of a creature fitting the description known as Bigfoot had been discovered.

“This has since been proven a lie,” said Kulls.

Researchers had used heat to speed up the thawing of the shaggy remains. Within an hour, they realized at least part of the head was hollow and, over the next hour, a break appeared near the feet.

Kulls said as the team and began examining the area he observed the foot, which looked unnatural, reached in and confirmed it was a rubber foot.

As of Tuesday, the whereabouts of Whitton and Dyer were not known.