National Geographic, the unquestionable leader in factual, nature-based media, has decided to hunt for Bigfoot, and now they say they've found him. Wait.. what?
In a press release distributed yesterday, National Geographic claims that their new special, titled BIGFOOT: REVEALED, will finally spill the beans on one of the world's most enduring mysteries - the Sasquatch. The special follows Professor Bryan Sykes, a leading British geneticist, as he uses the "most sophisticated DNA tests available" on mysterious Yeti hair samples collected from the western Himalayas. Sykes says the results are were "exciting and completely unexpected."
"'Bigfootologists' and other enthusiasts seem to think that they've been rejected by science. Now I think that's a complete distortion of what science is about. Science doesn't accept or reject anything, all it does is examine the evidence and that is what I'm doing."
The biggest question posed by National Geographic's sudden interest in Sasquatch is whether or not BIGFOOT: REVEALED will live up to their respected brand, especially when similar channels have done a less-than-stellar job at balancing paranormal fun with science fact. Animal Planet has really sucked at Finding Bigfoot for three seasons (with a fourth next month) and let's be honest, The History Channel is more like the Ancient Aliens Channel lately.
Well, it appears that National Geographic isn't messing around, because the results of Sykes' extensive testing leaked before the special's US air date, and they're not very much fun at all.
Turns out, after thousands upon thousands of dollars and countless man hours spent testing the evidence, that the mythical Yeti is just a weird bear.
"It could mean there is a sub species of brown bear in the High Himalayas descended from the bear that was the ancestor of the polar bear," Sykes told The Independent. "Or it could mean there has been more recent hybridisation between the brown bear and the descendent of the ancient polar bear."
To catch the reveal yourself, tune into the National Geographic Channel Sunday, November 17, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Or, you know, just go for a walk in the woods.