It seems that another sighting of a Sasquatch-like creature is making its rounds on the internet. This time, the sighting takes the form of a strange, hunched, simian creature sitting in a tree in the forests of Maine. It has been dubbed the Maine Tree Creature.
It was a foggy, January afternoon in the cold, remote forests of Maine. Apparently, a hiker spotted the creature as it sat, hunched over in a tree. The man, obviously frightened by the peculiar animal’s distinctly human-like features, began to snap photographs with his trusty camera. The photos aren’t exactly anything new by Sasquatch-sighting standards, but they do give some credibility to the man’s story.
Whether this creature is indeed a Sasquatch-like forest critter is unknown. The photograph isn’t exactly clear, which is leading a lot of skeptics to believe that the creature is not a cryptozoological wonder and is instead in actuality a North American Porcupine, the second largest rodent in the world. The region is an area for these quill-bedecked tree-climbers, while sightings of Bigfoot (or Smallfoot in this case) are limited to a mere 13 seperate sightings, according to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organizations.
But believers point out a few interesting facts from the photo and the account. The witness did not observe the creature as having a tail, and recalled distinctly primate or human-like features (forward-facing eyes, digitigrade feet, etc.). And many point out the fact that the creature in the photo is clearly not covered in a coat of quills, and is instead covered in what appears to be thick black fur or hair.
Could we have another Sasquatch sighting in Maine? Or could this be an entirely different cryptozoological creature that has remained in hiding until recently? Or, as some believe, is this nothing more than photo of a camera-shy, spiky tree-rat that has more hype around it than substance? Could there have been more Bigfoot activity in this area than humans have observed simply because of Maine’s low population-density?
Whatever the case, Smallfoot or porcupine, they certainly won’t be giving us any answers soon. But as the Northwest thaws out and hikers flood into the great forests and woods, perhaps there will be more stories and photos of the Maine Tree Creature.
It should also be noted that a few videos claiming to be of this creature have surfaced and posted to video sharing sites such as Youtube, but often only show the static image with forest sounds in the background and people talking as though they were looking at the creature. Though these are indeed hoaxes, they are not the same thing as the images we see here. They are confirmed as hoaxes only because they stole this image and touted it as a video when it’s clear it was merely a digital effects program being used to make a static image look as though it was in motion. It’s not an entirely uncommon trait, but it bears particular note in this case as the tree creature is the first sighting of its kind and must have some semblance of integrity attached to its legend. At least until it can either be confirmed or denied conclusively with future sightings.