So I inevitably got an email asking me what the F a Skunk Ape is! The Skunk Ape is a hominid creature that lives in Florida. It gets its name due to having ape-like features and it stinks, much like a skunk! It's basically Florida's answer to Sasquatch and the Yeti. I haven't heard of any claims that the Skunk Ape has been sighted recently, but according to a reliable source (Wikipedia!) sightings were much more prevalent in the 60s and 70s. No coincidence that a lot of people smoked beaucoup weed and popped LSD during that era!
I actually thought I saw The Skunk Ape once! I was birding in Madison County and came across a homestead in the middle of nowhere. It was one of those places that reminded me of that movie, Jeepers Creepers! The curtains twitched as I drove past. The road I was on dead ended at a river, so I had to turn back and pass the creepy homestead again. As I drove by, I saw a hominid type creature standing amidst a pile of trash, scratching its ass and picking its nose. It looked to be a male but I couldn't be sure. I was in Madison County after all! It was covered in hair and wore a pair of boxer shorts and sported a very dirty stringed vest or wife beater as they're known as in the US. I spoke of my fear for being in close proximity to two bellowing bull gators in my previous post. Yep, I was scared driving past the Skunk Ape of Madison County as well. I jest of course; Madison County is a fine county with nice people....and The Skunk Ape!
There's actually a website dedicated to The Skunk Ape. You should take a look, it's fucking hilarious! People go looking for the it and you can buy Skunk Ape T-shirts and other cool memorabilia. I'm gettin' me a Skunk Ape T-Shirt!
|The Skunk Ape|
So if you're in the woods or swamps of Florida and you see a big hairy beast and it smells like ass, you may well have spotted The Skunk Ape of Florida. Something you can tell your Grand kids while roasting marsh mellows over a campfire. It'll scare the crap out of 'em and they'll do as they're told.
I was just looking for an excuse to post a clip of my favorite commercial!