This week, the Finding Bigfoot team took Animal Planet all the way down under, to Australia. Most of us may think of Australia as being dry desert, but there are actually areas that are lush, with mountains and tropical forests. These diverse, low-populated habitats are said to be home to the “yowie,” deemed an Australian “cousin” of Bigfoot by the Finding Bigfoot team.
According to reports by the locals, the yowie, if it exists, is much more aggressive and dangerous than the North American Sasquatch. To that end, one town hall witness claimed that a yowie not only killed several goats he owned, but apparently did some sort of cultish removal of their internal organs—brain included—and hung them up in a tree.
Watching Finding Bigfoot often causes me to roll my eyes and laugh. Don’t misunderstand: I enjoy the show. It is a lot of fun to watch. And, honestly, I’m not a complete skeptic about the possible existence of Bigfoot; I, like many others, just don’t know. But, last night’s “yowie” episode? Well, whether or not the yowie exists, I don’t know, but I DO know that the story "Mark" told about goats in trees was easily the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard a “witness” relate since Finding Bigfoot began airing.
“As I looked up, about 15 feet, there are my eight goats," Mark explained to Ranae and Cliff. "The goats had been cut, so whatever did it had a sharp rock and it's cut the whole inside of the animal out, and had even taken the brain. I realized then and there what it was, what it had to be. It’s something that we just know is there.”
Personally, I think what this had to be was someone who wanted to get on television.
What makes this story even more ridiculous is that Mark indicated that the cuts were practically surgical in nature. Surgical precision with a sharp rock? And, what about the brain? Did the yowie have a bone saw to achieve this surgically precise brain removal?
Cliff proved himself to be as gullible as ever, even more so, in fact. “It was pretty clear that this had been done with surgical precision and not by people?” What? Cliff has said some silly things in the past and drawn some unbelievable conclusions, but that one really took the cake. So, if it had been done by people, would it have been obvious because the people would have been ripping the flesh of the goats open with jagged rocks instead of using the “surgical precision” of the yowie?
Finding Bigfoot is a fun show—it really is. And, I do not doubt the sincerity of Matt, Bobo and Cliff; their passion is admirable, in fact. But, honestly, the lengths they will go to sometimes to try and justify these stories—brain-removing yowies?—actually hurts, rather than helps, the idea that these undiscovered primates may exist, yowie, Bigfoot, brain-removing zombie or otherwise.
Hmmmmmm … zombie yowie? Zowie, maybe?
Finding Bigfoot airs on Animal Planet on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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Video: Discovery Channel/Finding Bigfoot