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Bigfoot roaming San Antonio? It MAY be possible!
Story Created: Dec 3, 2009
Story Updated: Dec 7, 2009
Police in San Antonio, as well as local TV stations, have been getting calls about bizarre sightings.
The callers told the NBC affiliate WOAI that they saw a large, hairy, bigfoot-type creature around San Antonio’s west side.
Police also got a similar call Monday night at the same location.
There have also been a handful of sightings of the creature near Lackland Air Force Base and in other wooded areas near Highway 151 several years back.
So what’s monkeying around at body shop?
It’s not Bigfoot, but a hairy animal definitely is lurking around a far West Side body shop.
Following news reports about a woman who told police she had seen the elusive Sasquatch near Loop 1604 and Texas 151 Monday night, workers at JD’s Paint and Body Shop on Wednesday released a murky video that shows what appears to be a hairy animal the workers say has been foraging around their trash bin for several weeks now.
Fidel Amaton, who is a technician at the body shop, was the first to see the animal early last month as he was throwing trash into the bin behind the shop. Amaton said it was early in the morning and he still was rubbing the sleep from his eyes when he was startled by what appeared to be a monkey that jumped out of the bin.
He said that unlike the 6-foot-tall “Bigfoot” sighted near Loop 1604, this animal was about 3 feet tall. It bared its teeth and let out a high-pitched hiss before it scaled the fence to the neighboring business.
“I was freaked out because I wasn’t expecting to see that early in the morning,” he said. “I just backed up slowly and when it left, I ran inside to tell the guys what I saw.”
He was sure the animal was not a raccoon or a possum, and “the movement it had looked like a monkey.”
Joe Duarte, the shop’s owner, and his brother, Adrian, went to look for the animal, but all they found were prints about five inches long.
“We didn’t know what to think,” Joe Duarte said.
But he did wonder if the animal could have escaped from the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, which keeps baboons on hand and is located just north of the shop at Loop 410 and Texas 151.
The two immediately called the foundation. Adrian Duarte, the shop’s manager, said that a few hours later, two individuals showed up to inspect the prints. He said the men told them they resembled a baboon’s print.
Foundation officials said Wednesday they don’t know what it is but they do know it’s not theirs.
Ty May, a veterinary resource manager at the foundation who’s familiar with the incident, said it’s not conclusive that the prints found at the business were from any type of primate. May said the research center was “not missing any animals and have not confirmed a sighting of any kind.” Worried about what kind of animal might be foraging from their trash bin, the Duartes set up a video camera to get a better look at the animal.
“I’m cautious to walk over there,” Adrian Duarte said. “I mean, I want to see him, but then again I don’t. Those animals can be dangerous.”
Still, they left food on top of the trash bin, including a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, to try and lure the animal out.
The dimly lit and fuzzy footage shows some type of animal climb atop the bin, grab the sandwich and jump back down — all in a fluid motion. But the video camera is too far back, making it hard to clearly make out any of the animal’s features.
So the guys at the body shop called the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation center in Kendalia for a second opinion. On Wednesday, Katie Birk, an animal caretaker at the rescue, went to the shop to see the video.
Her initial reaction was a large smile and a laugh.
“You got a little monkey friend on your hands,” Birk said chuckling. She said the creature was “agile” and it’s movements resembled an animal “not native to the area.”
The Duartes showed Birk the evidence they had collected, including the prints and tufts of hair. Birk guessed the animal could be a macaque, a primate mostly located in Asia.
Although a macaque isn’t as aggressive as a baboon, Birk said that if anyone comes across the monkey, they should walk away, go inside somewhere and wait for it to go away.
Lynn Cuny, the founder of the nonprofit wildlife rescue, said they haven’t received any other calls about a monkey in the area, but would help capture the animal. She said while it’s not common, they occasionally will capture exotic animals that people have illegally tried to keep as pets.
She said if the animal is captured, it could live at the 200-acre sanctuary, where they have nearly 200 primates.
It has now been nearly two weeks since the Duartes last saw the hairy creature.
As for Bigfoot, well, police aren’t convinced it’s the real deal.
“She had seen what appeared to be a 6-foot-3 or larger creature covered with fur or hair, and had a very foul odor,” San Antonio Police Department spokeswoman Romana Lopez said of Monday’s report. “It ran toward the watertower, past 1604, carrying a deer. I know there are a lot of hunting areas out that way… maybe it was a hunter.”
‘I’m dead serious’: San Antonio couple calls 911 after ‘Bigfoot’ sighting
by Joe Conger / KENS 5
Posted on December 7, 2009 at 5:00 PM
Updated today at 10:47 AM
San Antonio police have released a 911 dispatch call reporting a “Bigfoot” sighting.
The audio recording between a dispatcher and the homeless couple lasts more than eight minutes. In it, the primary caller appears sober and deliberate as she describes the beast Nov. 30.
“And I know you guys are going to think I’m crazy, but I’m dead serious,” she says on the recording. “This big thing was 75 feet away from me, smelled awful, devoured a whole deer carcass, and then took off and screamed, screeched, and took off across the street.”
“I’m going to tell you right now, I’ve lived in the woods six years. Swear to God, I’ve never seen nothing like this. I’m 6’3”; it’s bigger than me,” said her 63-year old husband.
The couple claims the creature walked upright as it carried the deer carcass off into the woods.
Police reports indicate dispatchers sent an officer by the location that night, but he found no sign of the couple or the beast.
The callers said they were living in a tent in the woods in northwest San Antonio, near the intersection of Highway 151 and Loop 1604. The area has acres of wooded terrain surrounding it.
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