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The "creature", while under ice, baffled the famed zoologist (and so-called father of cryptozoology) Bernard Heuvelmans who examined it in it's heyday. Stories circulated as to the origin of the creature ranging from "a hunter shot it in the great northwoods", to "it was killed during wartime in Southeast Asia", and even that it was found floating in the ocean encased in it's signature block of ice. It is thought that the "creature" was actually crafted by one of Disney's early Imagineers. Regardless of who actually did create it,
According to reports articles on Bigfoot in 1968, cryptozoologists Ivan Sanderson and Bernard Heuvelmans, reportedly examined the Iceman in Hansen's house trailer in Minnesota, and concluded it was a genuine creature, saying they found "putrefaction where some of the flesh had been exposed from the melted ice."
Joshuah Blu Buhs; Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend; p 147
Hansen, however, was evasive about the creature’s origins and his motives for showing it. He told Sanderson that Russian sealers had found the body off the coast of Kamchatka; he also said that Japanese whalers had fished the body from the sea. In either case, it ended up in Hong Kong, where Hansen’s benefactor, a California millionaire, had purchased it. The mysterious owner had then leased it to Hansen for display at sideshows. Hansen said that he didn’t know what the creature was and didn’t want to know. He also said that the wildman had been examined by scientists in Oklahoma, who took hair, tissue, and blood samples.
Originally posted by 1questioner
Apparently, the Minnesota Iceman is about to go on display in Texas!
Earlier this year, Steve Busti -- owner of the Museum of the Weird in Austin, Texas -- bought the ice man from the family of its original owner in Minnesota. He's going to once again reveal the ape-like creature to the world starting July 3 at his museum.