For years, the legend of Bigfoot, the giant ape-like creature, has continued to survive. Numerous stories about sightings of the strange beast date back to pre-recorded history and have stirred great controversy.
A recent video has brought back the Bigfoot discussions and won more converts to those who believe in the reality of the creature. Posted by a couple who were on vacation, the trending video shows a bipedal and hairy creature strolling through the mountains of Colorado.
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For Shannon and Stetson Parker, admiring the mountains of rural Colorado was a great way to spice up their romantic outing. It was their tenth wedding anniversary and one to celebrate. They decided to take a ride on the narrow gauge rail line from Durango to Silverton and back.
On their return to Durango, the couple who were on the lookout for elks saw a weird figure moving in the mountains. “We were looking for elk in the mountains and my husband sees something moving and then can’t really explain it. So he’s like ‘Bigfoot!’” Immediately, a fellow passenger took out their phone to capture the strange sight.
Soon other members of the group were alerted to the sighting. “Y’all, out of the hundreds of people on the train, three or four of us actually saw, as Stetson says in the video, the ever-elusive creature Bigfoot! I don’t know about y’all but We Believe!!” Shannon said in a Facebook post.
“It was at least six, seven feet or taller. It matched the sage in the mountains so much that he’s like camouflaged when crouching down…if you asked before our trip we would have said maybe [Bigfoot] could be real, but now we’re convinced,” the post continued alongside the video of the animal.
Interestingly, the train conductor wasn’t as surprised as the rest of the passengers. According to Shannon, he claimed to have seen multiple proofs of the creature’s existence. “He said that he went out snowshoeing in those mountains before and had seen footprints that were larger and of much bigger stride than snowshoes would have been,” Shannon narrated.
Mrs Shannon’s post was greeted with mixed reactions. Comments of people who believed in the existence of the beast were intermingled with those of skeptics.
Mireya Mayor, a researcher who studies both living and extinct man-like creatures, believes that something isn’t right with the story. In an Instagram video, she insisted that the creature in the video was someone wearing a hairy suit.
She pointed to the blurriness of the video and that the location wasn’t as remote as people would want to think. The area had scheduled trains moving through it.
“Anyone who wanted to pull off a hoax, which is of course unfortunate, would know that there would be a train full of passengers, very excited at the sighting of something unusual,” she said. “To me, this feels like a hoax; the movement of this individual is so human-like that there’s not the least animal quality about it. It almost looked like a thin individual wearing a suit that was far too big,” she concluded.
For people like Shannon and Stetson Parker, it would take more than those words to convince them otherwise. They were at the scene and saw Bigfoot with their very eyes.