An alleged Bigfoot sighting near the town of North Platte, Nebraska, at around 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, had the local state police deadpanning on Facebook.
“Last night at about 10:15, somebody reported seeing BIGFOOT on the shoulder of I-80 near MM 197,” stated the Nebraska State Patrol on its Facebook fanpage, in a post on Sunday, Nov. 26. “A trooper responded, but reported back that ‘Sasquatch remained elusive.’”
And while the police came up empty on leads, the post received plenty of online buzz. With over 700 interactions and more than 400 shares, the playful post got the attention of the public.
But real or not, behind the sighting is a very real pair of eyes.
According to the Grand Island Independent, a woman by the name of Harriett Mcfeely claims her friend Robin Roberts spotted the beast on Saturday, Nov. 25. Mcfeely said the two were driving back home from out of state and Roberts dropped her off in Hastings, a town off Interstate Highway 80, near North Platte. Mcfeely told the Independent that a little while later Roberts called her friend and exclaimed with excitement: “She said ‘I just saw a Bigfoot—he was standing right here on the shoulder of the road.’”
“She said he was really big. He was really heavy and stocky,” Mcfeely said, reported the Independent.
Mcfeely told the reporter that the Bigfoot was allegedly standing at the side of the road, “only about 20 feet from Roberts’s car,” and “was at least 8 feet tall.”
“I said ‘Is this considered an official sighting of a Bigfoot? They said definitely,’” Mcfeely reportedly said.
According to the Nebraska State Patrol, a trooper responded, but the “Sasquatch remained elusive.”
Believe it, or not, and call it what you will–in the Caucasus the Alma, in the Himalayas the Yeti, in Florida the Skunk-Ape, in Australia the Yowie, in Indonesia the Ebu Gogo and in the Pacific Northwest the Sasquatch–one thing is certain: practically everywhere somebody has claimed to have seen one.
And as for why so many people are convinced Bigfoot exists, this Atlantic piece titled “Why Bigfoot Sightings Are So Common Across Cultures” has one theory.
“The Sasquatch is a type of pseudo-scientific myth understood in the language of memory,” writes the Atlantic, and is “a manifestation of our awareness of the messy biological reality of what it means to be human.”
Readers in search of an alternate theory might like to check out this article from Psychology Today, penned by William Irwin, Ph.D.
“The idea of Bigfoot thrills me. The inkling that something so exotic exists, that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in my philosophy, fills me with wide-eyed wonder,” writes Irwin.
“No, I don’t believe that Bigfoot exists. I just believe it is possible,” he wrote.
So share this article on social media and tell the world whether YOU think Bigfoot “is possible.”