Over and over again I am asked how the sasquatch could possibly have remained “undiscovered” for so long. While there are many details that go along with the answer to that question, it basically comes down to three things (in descending order of importance):
1. Humans vastly underestimate the other great apes.
2. Humans vastly underestimate the terrain in which these creatures live.
3. Humans vastly overestimate themselves.
Hundreds of pages could be written about the points above. Today’s blog will only give a brief illustration of humans’ underestimation of apes.
Humans feel nice and safe knowing that apes are significantly stronger than them because it’s a physical trait. Apes are often viewed as brutes, so we are well-versed in the fact that we can’t compete with them in this way. A chimpanzee (standing approximately four feet tall) is usually five or six times stronger than a man. The larger apes (gorillas and orangutans) are even stronger, perhaps 12 to 20 times so, though apparently no proper study has been conducted.
Some might get uncomfortable when it comes to comparing mental abilities… I don’t. I love feeling my primate roots. It increases my appreciation of both them and us as kindred species. It makes me cringe to hear people refer to apes as “mere” animals, or “stupid” apes. Intelligence is a relative thing, and it is only through our own arrogance that humans judge it by what we can do well.
I recently ran across a video that illustrates an aspect of point #1 above in regards to apes’ mental capabilities. I think it might blow your mind. It did mine. It made me giggle in humility too.
Things like this make me wonder about the cognative abilities of sasquatches. What are the possible implications of this video in regards to sasquatch food resources, habituations, or even threats should a foolish hunter pull the trigger on a bigfoot and not bring it down in one shot?
This last thought reminds me of the late Dr. Grover Krantz’s response to the question, “What would be the first thing you’d do if you shot one?”
“Reload,” he replied.