My bullshit detector went off as soon as I saw this story…what a pathetic bit of journalism.
A Kentucky man said his surveillance camera captured something in his back yard last week, but no one is sure what it is.
Here’s the picture he captured:
Ok…why is this in the news? It’s a fuzzy black blob, and you can’t tell what it is. The owner of the picture says:
“It looked like it had the outline of a head, and, like, gorilla-type shoulders, and then the arms crossed is what it looks like to me,” Mahoney told WAVE-TV Monday.
Yeah it vaguely resembles that, but gorillas in Kentucky? The story goes on…
Mahoney said he doesn’t think he captured Bigfoot on film. But that doesn’t explain what the camera saw, either. Mahoney said whatever it was smashed down weeds and grass as it passed.
If he doesn’t think that it was a Bigfoot picture, where did the reporter get the idea to put the word “Bigfoot” in the headline?
Where are the pictures of the smashed down weeds and grass?
The story also links to a slideshow of images which are telling. The first image is this one:
And then they keep getting more and more zoomed in (they get more and more blurry). When you see it to scale it’s obviously not big enough to be a gorilla as it barely goes any higher than the low brush.
One commenter on the story suggested that it may be a bird coming in for a landing. I can see this as if you look at the more zoomed in picture above it looks kind of like a bird coming towards and to the right of the camera with its wings folded in front of it. The makes sense to me as the camera is meant to take wildlife photos (according to the article), and a bird is fast-moving enough that it would create a blurry image whereas land animals would be slow enough that he could get a clear picture of them.
The story concludes with this gem:
His wife took the photo to a wildlife expert on black bears, who said that whatever it was, it was fur-covered. But she told Mahoney’s wife that she couldn’t say for sure it was a bear, either.
How anyone can tell that that’s anything fur-covered from such a blurry and far-away image is beyond me. And then of course since they can’t say for sure that it’s a bear, the person writing the headlines decided to go with Bigfoot.
I wonder how many of my fudged up photos I could get published in the newspaper?
There’s even a poll attached to the story…
Come on, WLWT.com, not even an “I don’t know” option?