Mysterious Creatures by Florence U. Cardinal
Florida's Hairy Ape
"It's 7 to
8 feet tall, covered in red-brown fur. And it's smelly."
The Skunk Ape may be America's southernmost Sasquatch - or it could be another creature entirely. Like the Sasquatch, the Skunk Ape seems to crave its privacy, and what better place to hide out than in the Florida Everglades? Who knows what strange creatures may lurk in the mysterious depth of the Florida swamps?
But the Skunk Ape has been sighted many times and in many places across the State of Florida. With sightings reported every week, how can anyone believe the creature doesn't exist or even that it is a hoax?
In February of 2001,
the Sarasota Sheriff's Department Received an anonymous letter containing
some photographs that purported to be of the Skunk Ape. The woman who
wrote the letter was concerned because she believed there was an orangutan
loose in the area. She was worried about her family and also concerned
that the animal might get on the highway and cause an accident. The photographs
sparked an investigation, newspapers and other media picked up the story
and it even aired on the Art Bell show.
Does the creature
exist? The law apparently thinks it does.
FL. (AP) A bill making it illegal to molest a Skunk Ape has been
passed by a legislative committee as a lawmaker renews his effort
to protect the legendary anthropoid. The Criminal Justice Committee
passed the bill (HB58) by Rep. Paul Nuckolls, R-Fort Myers, Tuesday
after Nuckolls unveiled it for the second year in a row. Last session,
the bill passed committee but never reached the floor."
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