The Skunk Ape or Stink Ape as it is known is said to lurk in Southeast USA. The name ‘Skunk Ape’ is given for its description of an ape-like cryptid and vile stench of rotten eggs that seems to surround it.
Most commonly reported between the 1960’s and 1970’s in the Everglades of Florida but more recently in 2003 in Tennessee when a number of cats disappeared out of the blue, this was blamed on the Skunk Ape, if these accounts are correct and that the Skunk Ape has indeed been devouring tame cats, this may suggest that the Skunk ape is for some reason being pushed further a field than ever before for a source of food.
The Skunk Ape is described as a large hairy mammal similar to a Bigfoot or a big ape as the name suggests. Said to have dark brown hair and sometimes even red hair and to be 6 to 7 feet tall.
In 2000 photographs of what is said to be a Skunk Ape appeared in circulation. As the story goes a Florida woman claimed to have taken these pictures believing that the alleged ‘Skunk Ape’ was actually an escaped Orangutan taking apples from her garden.
But, is the Skunk Ape a man-eating beast?
The only accounts of Skunk Apes being man-eaters are down to old legend. Skunk Apes are said to kill a lot of livestock and also be extremely aggressive to cats and dogs. Others suggest that the Skunk Apes main form of food is carrion stolen from local predators like crocodiles. Experts suggest that the reason the Skunk Ape is yet to be identified is that it may well live in underground dens where it hordes its stolen carrion, thus explaining the sickening stench that is said to accompany the Skunk Ape.
To most there is no doubt that the Skunk Ape is carnivorous, but is the Skunk Ape a man eater?