Robert Shankland, 56, has shared snaps of a strange Bigfoot like creature in Dumfries and Galloway

The Scottish Sun Bigfoot investigator claims he has proof legendary monster is hiding out in SCOTTISH forest.  Robert Shankland, 56, has shared snaps of what he claims is a 14-inch footprint left by the giant creature in Dumfries and Galloway.

Part-time labourer and gardener Robert Shankland has shared snaps of what he claims is a 14-inch footprint left by the giant creature in Dumfries and Galloway.

The 56-year-old has spent two years hunting for evidence of a “bipedal hominid creature” in Galloway Forest Park, which spans 300 square miles. As well as pictures of the “footprint”, Robert, from Burnside, Lanarkshire, reckons another image could show the creature staring at him from trees.

Scotland already has a Bigfoot legend in the shape of “The Scottish Wildman” – Am Fear Liath Mor, in Gaelic – which haunts the summit of Ben Macdui, the highest peak in the Cairngorms. Robert’s theory is that the Galloway creature could be a relative and may even use a “green corridor” of woods to travel between the south-west of Scotland and the Cairngorms.  Speaking today, Robert said he started researching after he heard Charmaine Fraser, part of the British Bigfoot Research team, speak at a conference in Glasgow two years ago.

He said: “She saw the creature as a child and I just started to think about it. “I decided to see what I could find in my local area, and I didn’t expect to find anything at all. I couldn’t believe it when I came across the footprint.” “New Galloway and the surrounding area is a green corridor, if you look at it on a map – it’s just a huge space of wilderness. Maybe the creature is travelling through on the way up to the Highlands?”.

Robert’s photographs show a large footprint-shaped mark outlined in gravel near to Corson Cone in the Craigdulyart Forest, New Cumnock. Using a four-inch long phone for scale, the “footprint” is at least 14 inches long and seven inches wide. He also highlighted parts on the creature that he believes are pressure points on the ground and show the curve of its heel. Speaking about his encounter with the beast, Robert said: “I actually didn’t realise it was there until I got home and looked at the pictures. “I just noticed this thing in the background and zoomed in. I don’t know what it was, but it was absolutely something.”

The keen monster hunter believes Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is a “feral” offshoot of a human, around six and a half foot to maybe seven foot tall, and four foot across the shoulders. He said: “There have been multiple reports of sightings across the country. I sent the pictures to the British Bigfoot Sighting Reports and they were very excited. We’re still looking for absolute proof.”   “My own research is based solely on a flesh a blood type of being at the moment. However, some sightings suggest that it acts in a way outwith normal reality.  “One of the most common suggestions is what we are dealing with is a humanoid ancestor from the distant past, a sort of pre-historic cousin of ours which has managed to survive, and still survive, up until the present day. How? Nobody quite knows. “No one will ever know for sure, until definitive proof of its existence is found.”

Deborah Hatswell has worked alongside Robert for many a year now and would like to thank him on behalf of The British Bigfoot Team and the witnesses themselves. Robert has spent many many hours out in the woods collecting evidence and sighting reports.  Without people like Robert who are prepared to stand up and be counted we would not be able to move the subject forward in an effort to try and answer some of the many questions we have.  For some witness it will be decades since their encounter happened and it may be something they have feared talking about. Now more and more people are reporting experiences with upright hairy man like creatures here in the UK and Worldwide. 

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