Bigfoot Encounters

Tri-stater searches for giant sloth

Thursday, May 31, 2001
Knip's Eye View

Not to be making a big deal out of, uh, doo-doo, but gracious hello, it is. That from geneticist John Lewis, president of the Cincinnati Bigfoot Research Group and Cincinnati Skunk Ape Research Group. Both are affiliates of i-S.C.O.P.E. (Society for the Search for Cryptozoological Organisms and Physical Evidence), an international outfit that investigates everything from the Loch Ness monster to space visitors.

So anyway, Lewis is trekking around South America looking for a giant sloth everyone thought was extinct for thousands of years. But apparently isn't, because Lewis, well, stepped in it. Doo-doo.

He still hasn't seen the sloth, a creature about the size of a small elephant — how does something that size hide out for a couple thousand years? — but he had the droppings analyzed. The DNA was an exact match with dung from extinct sloths.

Lewis and his researchers will be in Brazil the rest of this month,trying to get video of the animal. Whatever happens, he'll report back on the group's Web site.

The main focus of his group, for the record, is investigating bigfoot and skunk ape (a bigfoot-like creature native to the Florida Everglades) sightings.

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