Jun 09, 2021 I Nick Redfern

Why the “British Bigfoot” Cannot be a Flesh-and-Blood Animal: It’s a Supernatural Thing

Over the past few days, a number of people have criticized me for daring to say that the s0-called "British Bigfoot" is a paranormal entity. Of course it is! Why so many people in the field of Cryptozoology are vehemently against the "paranormal side" - and insist on focusing on the "flesh-and-blood" angle of the controversy - I have no idea. You only have to take a look at the article I wrote on June 4: "The British Bigfoot: Guardians of Ancient Sites? They Just Might Be." It makes it very clear that the British Bigfoot is not an animal. But, if that's not enough for you, there's the very important matter of how the creatures live. Well, the fact is they don't live as we do. They are something entirely different to us. With that said, read on: If we take the stance that the British Bigfoot is a form of ape, one of the biggest and most important questions that needs answering is: on what does the creature live? There sure as hell is not a lot of wild bamboo in the United Kingdom - a food source that mountain gorillas, for example, thrive on. In fact, if one takes a good, long walk around any number of places where the British creature has been seen - such as the Cannock Chase, Dartmoor, Bolam Lake, the Shropshire Union Canal, the Cairngorms, the mountains of Wales, and both Rendlesham Forest and Sherwood Forest - what we actually notice is a marked lack of food that is rich in nourishment and vitamins.

A fully grown mountain gorilla partakes of more than 140 types of plants, shoots, stems and leaves, and can eat up to sixty pounds of vegetation...each and every day. When one takes a look at their massive bulk, this is not surprising at all. But here’s the big problem: the average British Bigfoot is no smaller than the typical mountain gorilla. In some cases, it even dwarfs the mountain gorilla! Yet, we come back to that big problem in Britain: where is the food that allows - and must have allowed for centuries, given how long reports date back into recorded history - these immense "animals" to live? Well, maybe the British beasts have adapted to surviving on the type of nourishment that one typically finds in the average farmer’s fields, or orchards, in Britain. Not impossible, you might say, but if whole colonies of well-built, muscular beasts of six to eight feet tall are having to eat upwards of sixty pounds of vegetation every day, of every week, of every year, of every decade, of every century - just to stay alive - then why aren’t the nations’ food-suppliers up in arms about all the mysteriously missing cabbages, sprouts, carrots, apples, potatoes, beans, and more? The answer is devastatingly simple, but equally devastatingly problematic when it comes to Bigfoot in the U.K. The reason: nothing of great significance is going mysteriously missing on a massive, regular, country-wide scale, that’s why.

Taking another approach to resolving the problem of food, could it be that the U.K. animal has really diversified and has, over numerous generations, developed a keen taste for meat, and not much else? Certainly, farm animals – sheep and the like - would make for the ideal fodder, if that is the case. And wild creatures, such as foxes and deer, are sometime found dead, partially or wholly eaten, or just badly mutilated, in locales including Cannock Chase and Rendlesham Forest. These particular events, however, are often seen as the work of so-called big cats, or they are the results of far more down to earth scenarios that involve cars, vans and lorries running into them late at night, and their drivers hastily and stealthily exiting the scenes, after which the smaller wild animals of the area then feed eagerly upon the carcasses, and the remains. In 2007, it was revealed by Staffordshire County Council that more than one hundred deer are sadly killed each and every year on the Cannock Chase. But, here’s the important thing: those deaths are easily explainable via the aforementioned accidents involving various vehicles - very often driven by people speeding along the long, wide road that links the towns of Hednesford and Rugeley, and which cuts a dramatic and picturesque swathe right through the heart of the very Chase itself.

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Cannock Chase

The other important factor here is that there is zero evidence to suggest the bodies of these many animals are being stealthily hauled away by mysterious beasts after being hit by racing drivers. Yes, they may very well get gnawed and nibbled on by small, wild animals after dark, but on practically every occasion, they remain where they fall, which is generally in a smashed state on the tarmac, or, on the grass at the side of the road, having been hurled there by the pulverizing force of metal hitting flesh and bone at high speed. It is then the unenviable job of the council to dispatch workers to clean up the usually grisly mess, a task they perform very regularly, and which anyone can see them doing, if such is their warped idea of entertainment.

The only other possibility to account for how a Bigfoot just might survive by eating deer on Cannock Chase - and, I stress, I do not believe this to be the case, at all - is that Staffordshire County Council is engaged in a gigantic X-Files-type conspiracy to hide mountains of evidence that, each and every year, the bodies of hundreds of deer - after having been hit by cars, vans and lorries - are being grabbed by scavenger-style Bigfoot beasts all across the area, and then heartily and voraciously devoured. Such a scenario would most certainly make for a wonderfully entertaining cryptozoological novel, but for the world of reality? Forget it! And, let’s not lose sight of the fact that sightings of the British Bigfoot hail from all corners of the country, so such an unlikely conspiracy would have to be one of nationwide proportions - and which would make the possibility of keeping it under wraps even more unlikely.

Then there is the matter of habitat. Aside from stumbling upon the very occasional, so-called "Bigfoot Tepee,"nothing of any real substance has ever surfaced to offer a viable solution to certain, critically important questions: where on earth does the British Bigfoot live? Where do they mate? Where do they rear their young? The more we address such important questions, the less credible are the answers that come to the fore. Or, at least, they become less credible when we try and pigeon-hole the existence of the beasts into the flesh and blood camp. And, if you think that’s just my opinion, then you’re dead wrong. Jon Downes, of the Center for Fortean Zoology, is sure that, although there is without doubt a British Bigfoot phenomenon of very real proportions, it is one that falls outside the domain of matters of a flesh and blood nature. And here he is to tell you precisely why:

"Britain is a very small country and one of the best explored in the world. And there simply is not enough wild land for an unknown species of higher primate to live in. New species of animal do get discovered in Britain, but they are always small. The biggest thing to be discovered in Britain in recent years is a population of lizard, which is about nine inches long, living on the cliffs in Dorset. And the idea of a relatively small lizard living on cliffs in Dorset is pretty outstanding; but the idea of something the size of a gorilla living in Britain, in the wild, is ridiculous." Well said, Jon! The most important thing about all this is that Jon, himself, saw one of these things in 2003 at Bolam Lake, Northumberland, England. The "creature," though, was clearly not flesh and blood. It was in the form of a shadow. Now, move on and accept the fact that, yes, there is a British Bigfoot, but it's not an animal. It's a supernatural entity.

Nick Redfern
Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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