By Shawn Rice
Bigfoot’s corpse being found at Elephant Butte Lake in New Mexico is fake news. There is no truth to a Facebook post that appeared to link to a genuine news item reporting that Bigfoot was found dead on the shore of Elephant Butte Lake. This prank was circulated in July 2017.
Bigfoot also known as Sasquatch is a cryptid which supposedly is a simian-like creature of American folklore that is said to inhabit forests, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Bigfoot is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid. The term sasquatch is an Anglicized derivative of the Halkomelem word sásq’ets.
Although the link resembled a genuine news item, social media users who clicked this link were redirected to the “prank” web site BreakingNews365.net, which allows users to create their own fake news stories and carries a disclaimer.
This website is an entertainment website, news are created by users. These are humourous news, fantasy, fictional, that should not be seriously taken or as a source of information.
BreakingNews365 is one of many “prank” web sites. In this case, Snopes reported that the person who created this story used a photograph of a Russian tourist who passed away on a beach in Italy in 2013 and combined it with fictional text about Sasquatch.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.
Body conveniently covered until next of kin could be notified.
Dead Bigfoot Confirmed at Elephant Butte Lake, NM https://t.co/SxiBx5CooU
— Grinning Skull Press (@Grinning_Skull) July 17, 2017
@MattMoneymaker1 did you see the article about the Bigfoot remains found at Elephant Butte Lake?
— (@Dropthehammar1) July 14, 2017
Dead Bigfoot Confirmed at Elephant Butte Lake, NM https://t.co/doe8hnYGQi
— BK (@Bkbower69) July 14, 2017
Dead Bigfoot Confirmed at Elephant Butte Lake, NM https://t.co/XqwiWmoSb7
— The Squatch Ranger (@squatchranger) July 14, 2017
However, an uncropped version of the photograph shows tourists playing in the water just a few yards from the dead body. This proves that the above story was a prank.
Scientists discount the existence of Bigfoot and consider it to be a combination of folklore, misidentification, and hoax, rather than a living animal. They note the lack of physical evidence after centuries of investigation, despite the fact that numerous creatures would have to exist in order to maintain a breeding population. A small group of investigators are sustained in their interest by occasional new reports of sightings. Such reports are attributed to persons seeing various animals, particularly black bears.
What did you think about the prank that Bigfoot was found dead in New Mexico? Did you believe it or see people sharing it falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.
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