Here's my thinking... and I just watched this footage about 15 times.
I think that the head proportions are wrong for a bear, and that the shoulders are too broad for a bear. It's weird how the footage cuts right to the
It looks like a gorilla but doesn't really move like one.
At one point when it's running I'm 90% sure I see a tail. Right before the camera starts to move at the end. So I don't think it's a bear or a
gorilla, because of that. It looks like a medium length tail.
If it's a dog, the body mass is huge. If it's a bear, it's a shaggy bear and I'm wrong about the tail.
I don't think it was a gorilla or bear, because those are easily recognizable and I think the cameraman would have bolted. I think that he didn't
know what it was. If it was a bear, we would have noticed the muzzle. It looks too longhaired to be a bear.
I don't think it was a ground sloth, because I don't believe a ground sloth would move in that fashion and the physical match is a stretch.
At first I thought gorilla until I noticed the ears and tail. Because of the movement. And also, if it was a gorilla, it would lack fur on it's face.
I don't think this one did. A gorilla probably would have also gone bipedal in an attempt to look larger and scare off the guy with the camera.
I think that a problem here is scaling, as well. It's hard to tell the size. If the scaling was more accurate, I'd be more apt to lean towards a
bulky dog like a chow.
The way the dog acts makes me think that it's another dog.
It runs -sideways-. I think that's a very canine trait. It seems to run on a slant at one point.
I think it's strange that whatever it was, if it attacked, did not show when the camera kept recording. That makes me think that the person ran?
Which is a reasonable reaction no matter what it is.
But I know I saw ears. And I think I saw a muzzle that was pretty angular. And definitely not a different color from the fur (as would be for a
I'd go along the lines of Bouvier des Flandres (www.dogbreedinfo.com...
) or a Newfoundland
). Or even a mixed breed. I thought Old English Sheepdog variation at first. Granted, I can't see a
tongue hanging out or anything. But I saw dog-like ears, maybe a dog-like tail, a dog-like gait, and maybe a dog-like muzzle.
But all in all, legends of the Beast of Bray Road have always seemed reminiscent of werewolf legends or something part human. Like some have
mentioned, I just don't see that here.
[edit on 7/27/2009 by ravenshadow13]