It was very dark one night when she heard a "whoop" noise coming from the backyard. She went out with her camera and pointed it at the hedge row behind her house. "I didn't even see it as I took the first picture because it was so dark. As soon as the flash went off for the second time, it stood up and started to move. I then heard the orangutan walk off into the woods." She said in her anonymous letter to the police. The creature was "about 6 1/2 to 7 feet tall in a kneeling position" and it had "an awful smell." (Since when do Skunk Apes smell nice?)
The woman thought the creature was far away from her, but when she took the photos she realized it was only about ten feet away! She quickly went back into the house. She and her husband wanted to get a better look at it sometime, so they left four apples out on the porch, two whole, and two cut in half. She said: "The orangutan only took whole apples. We didn't see it take them. We waited up but eventually had to go to bed."
The couple put a dog in their backyard, and the creature never returned.
The woman's letter arrived at the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department on December 22, 2000. In the beginning of the letter, she wrote: " Enclosed please find some pictures I took… My husband thinks it's an orangutan. Is someone missing an orangutan?" She never mentioned "Bigfoot," "Sasquatch," or "Skunk Ape" once in her letter. Below are the two photographs.
|The creature standing up|
The sheriff's office actually made a file on the photos. But what do they show?
Here is a list of explanations people have brought forward from Loren Coleman's 2003 book Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America:
"1. A cardboard cutout
2. A dog
3. A man in a mask
4. A bigfoot-like exhibit at a well-known tourist
attraction found in various parts of the United States
5. A man wearing a furry coat
6. A computer-enchanced or -created image
7. Or an authentic Skunk Ape."