Caroline Toms, 34 of Little Hampton was walking her dog in Angmering Park Estate in Arundel, West Susex when she allegedly encountered and managed to
photograph a image of a huge ape like creature.
My mind runs straight to the famous Patterson Gimlin footage which was shot in 1967 by Roger Paterson and Robert Gimlin at Bluff Creek,California.
Despite denials by Paterson, right up until the end of his life ,the film is widely believed to be a hoax,more specifically a man in an ape suit. And
that is what my initial reaction to this picture was.
But lets not jump to conclusions.Lets give it a moments consideration.Could a could large ape like creature survive undetected in the wild in the
Unlike the U.S the U.K is relatively small and places where a large creature could remain undetected are few and far between but that dose not mean it
would be impossible.
Earlier this year evidence emerged of a possible large cat type creature on the lose in Brookland, Kent.
This account adds to the already quite large list of big cat sightings in the U.K.
Nick Arnold of the Kent Big Cat Research believes that the animals could be offspring of pets bought at Harrods department store in London.
"People used to keep these as animals as pets in the 1960's, you could even buy them from Harrods.
"In the 1970's the government introduced a dangerous animals act meaning it became much more difficult and expensive to keep them"
So there is indeed precedent for large creature or a population of large creatures to remain undetected in the wild here in the U.K, but a large ape
like creature,a Bigfoot,well that seems out of the question.
And yet reports of such a creature exist.
In 2012 reports from Kent also emerged of the"Kentish Apeman" that is claimed towers eight-foot tall,and is covered in hair.
Graham S from Tunbridge Wells,told how when he was working as a painter in the house of an elderly lady, she regaled him with a tale of coming face to
face with the apeman during World War Two.
“One particular day she went to the Common with her husband and was sitting on a bench when they became aware of a shuffling noise behind them.
“Upon turning around both her husband and herself saw what she described as a tall, hairy ape like creature with eyes that were burning a reddish
colour and it was moving towards them at a slow pace. They observed this creature for some time until they became afraid and they both fled.
“She went on to say that they told the police and members of their family, thinking that a gorilla had escaped from a zoo, but were laughed at and
were not believed.”
But this isn't the only location that an "ape man has been reported in the U.K.
The mysterious Cannock Chase is the home to many a paranormal report from the "Pig Man" to black eyed children Canock Chase is said to be home to them
all,not least among these is the Ape Man of Cannock chase.
Dozens of eyewitness accounts of the ape man have been recorded in the area over the years.The earliest being January 1879 when " a strange black
creature with great white eyes which sprang out of the plantation by the roadside" was reported by a laboring man was employed to take a cart of
luggage from Ranton in Staffordshire to Woodcock.
More recently in September 2012 September, a sighting was reported by a local resident, who described being chased by a terrifying beast whilst
driving through Cannock Chase at 2am.
But despite there being numerous reports of an "ape man" reported in the U.K the skeptic in me finds it difficult to believe in the concept of the
However there dose seem to be evidence of the possibility of a population of large cats living the U.K not only in Kent as i have written about above
but also hidden within the many reports of the different paranormal entity's said to dwell in Cannock Chase.
According to bbc there have been 100s of sightings of a puma like creature in the chase in the last couple of years.
The explanation seems to be the change in the law in 1970s that made it illegal to keep exotic animals as pets here in the U.K.
As appears to be the case with the big cats of Kent,when the law changed people would simply release there animals into wild and over time a small
population could have conceivably made its home on the Chase.
So with Kent and Cannock Chase having reports of both a large ape creature and more credibly, reports of large wild cats i postulate that both big cat
sightings and apeman reports are one and the same thing.
Maybe sightings of the British Bigfoot are cases of mistakenly identified big cats living in the wild here in U.K.It s certainly and interesting
theory and one that i think bears some consideration.
edit on 10-11-2015 by thebabyseagull because: correction