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Frans_Jozef
Wednesday, April 5th, 2006, 11:59 PM
Pictures of an mystery anthropoid, which features identified as typical for orangutans:

http://www.lorencoleman.com/myakka.html

RusViking
Thursday, April 6th, 2006, 12:42 AM
Pictures of an mystery anthropoid, which features identified as typical for orangutans:

http://www.lorencoleman.com/myakka.html

Hey Franz....Myakka is my backyard...and I work with guys who have been throughout the county for Search and Rescue work. Never heard of this "skunk ape".

Frans_Jozef
Thursday, April 6th, 2006, 12:52 AM
Hey Franz....Myakka is my backyard...and I work with guys who have been throughout the county for Search and Rescue work. Never heard of this "skunk ape".

When I saw its snapshots, my first impression was that this animal is actually a lion-tailed macaque (http://www.arkive.org/species/GES/mammals/Macaca_silenus/) with its typical white-grey mane surrounding its head like a beard, except that the picture appear to show a big-bodied ape and nocturnally active (?).

It's either a genuine cryptid or an escaped/released animal, I am open to both possibilities.

Theudiskaz
Thursday, April 6th, 2006, 01:00 AM
Or a guy in a suit.

RusViking
Thursday, April 6th, 2006, 01:23 AM
When I saw its snapshots, my first impression was that this animal is actually a lion-tailed macaque (http://www.arkive.org/species/GES/mammals/Macaca_silenus/) with its typical white-grey mane surrounding its head like a beard, except that the picture appear to show a big-bodied ape and nocturnally active (?).

It's either a genuine cryptid or an escaped/released animal, I am open to both possibilities.

Actually, I heard that somewhere in Florida there is a colony of monkeys.....actually apes...chimps. Well, monkeys in one place and chimps in another. They keep the chimps on an island. Nasty buggers I hear.

Dr. Solar Wolff
Thursday, April 6th, 2006, 06:35 AM
One project in college for me was a reclassification project. This was an Anthro. 498 type, "with persmission of the instructor". Our skeletal primate collection had been moved and all the labels lost. My job was to re-classify everything. Macaques (organ grinder monkeys) are really small versions of Papio, baboons. Most Macaques are so light you could hold them up with one arm. The Skunk Ape pictures show a large, gorilla-sized primate. I think RusViking and Frans are correct but I think this mystery primate is a wayward group of either gorillas or chimps which were released into the wild in Florida. Florida, because of its tropical climate, complete with summer Monsoon, is ideal for escaped tropical plants and animals and they have many escaped species there already. Many people have let animals into the wild rather than give them to an animal shelter for possible death later. Also, both chimps and gorillas are nice as babies but terrible as adults for humans as pets. It isn't hard to imagine owners turning adult chimps or gorillas out into the wild of the Everglades rather than put them into a zoo or worse.

Dr. Solar Wolff
Thursday, April 6th, 2006, 07:33 AM
Trust me guys, this is not a macaque. Macaques are simply smaller baboons, mosly living in Asia. The only reason anyone is saying Orang are the canines which look large. Loren Coleman is a biologist, not an Anthropologist. I do think the Skunk Ape is real but I am thinking escaped or released gorillas or chimps. Many people would rather release their animals rather than put them in zoos or wildlife parks when they grow up. Florida is a tropical paradise for these animals and many species go feral here, both animals and plants.