IN the wilderness of America’s forests, a Bigfoot hunter examines fresh evidence that the ape-man still lives… a missing Cheeto puff from the snack bowl. Real-life Indiana Jones Adam Davies, 46 – from Stockport no less – says: “There were four Cheeto puffs last night – and now there are three. One has been taken! One has been taken!” Twice divorced Adam Davies – a former call-centre worker turned monster detective – has spent almost 20 years and £60,000 tracking the hairy knuckle-dragger across the globe without ever once catching sight of him. If only he hadn’t gone to his tent when the monster dropped by for a Cheeto – a US snack similar to a Wotsit.
In his quest, Davies has trudged the snowy Himalayas, hacked his way through the Russian wilderness, and slept rough in the forests of North America. Covered in cuts and sores, he sometimes goes hungry for days in the world’s remotest corners and doesn’t have a single blurry photo of the lurching monster to show for it. It’s beginning to annoy him. A typical day on the trail might be wading through crocodile infested swamp waters with blood-sucking leeches crawling all over him and mosquitoes eating him alive. “It’s not for everyone,” he warns from his two bedroom £150,000 flat. “But I’d really love to see a Bigfoot – and I’m pretty certain I’ve been close a number of times. “I never give a s*** about people ridiculing it. If you’d prefer to spend your holidays in Tenerife, good luck to you, but this is what I want to do and I don’t care what other people think. I’m following my dreams.”
Along the way, he has been arrested for spying in Mongolia, stumbled into the middle of a civil war in the Congo, and even been caught up in an earthquake in Sumatra. But then again, no one ever said that finding Bigfoot was going to be easy. It’s even tougher when you’re trying to hold down a 9-5 job as a pen-pusher in the civil service, which is what the swashbuckler does now. “I only get to look for him about six weeks a year. If I had more money I’d do it full-time but right now I’m skint. I’ve had to sell my car to pay for the next trip. “When I started off, I was working in a call-centre for Cable and Wireless which was a very depressing place to be. “But as a teenager I’d seen Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World series on the TV and had become hooked on the idea that dinosaurs were still out there hiding somewhere. “The more I thought about it, working in a call-centre wasn’t something I wanted to do anymore. “So my first step was to learn how to track animals and after that I went on survival courses. “I decided I wanted to maximise my life.” His first monster mission was to find the legendary Congo Dinosaur – Mokele-mbembe – which is said by believers to be a close cousin of the Loch Ness monster. So in 1998 he and two pals landed in the Congo and walked straight into the middle of a bloody civil war. “We never even got out of the city. Our taxi broke down and we were surrounded by a baying mob who thought we were mercenaries. We were lucky to get out of there alive. “We rushed back to the airport got a flight home two days later. But I was determined one day to return and find the Congo dinosaur – even if it meant I would die trying.”
A year later, he fearlessly returned and hiked 40 miles across the Congo jungle to Lake Tele where the local pygmy tribes swore the beast lived. According to rumour, it looked just like a Brontosaurus…or maybe a Plateosaurus, only smaller. After eight days paddling around the murky waters in a canoe he was forced to give up the ghost and return home. More encouraging was an expedition to Lake Seljord in Norway the following year where he believes he really did see a lake monster. “I was in a row boat saw a black creature maybe twenty feet long with barbs on its back. “It was doing an undulating motion but I couldn’t see its head. There’s some video I took but it isn’t great.”
Since then, his focus has been mainly on Bigfoot and the monster’s extended family which he has sought out in Sumatra, China, Mongolia, Nepal, Canada, and the United States. His tools are binoculars, a machete to hack away the foliage and a DNA testing kit which he uses to examine suspicious hairs found in caves. “I don’t have the money to launch a King-Kong style expedition and capture one – and ethically I wouldn’t want to do it. “I’m doing the best I can with the resources I have. A track and tag project would be a great idea, but you can’t just wander into a country and do that. “You would need special permits, a qualified anaesthetist to tranquillise Bigfoot, a medical team and a flight team. “If I had the financial backing to do it, then I would do it. But usually my budget is only a couple of grand a trip. “There are other things to consider too, if you are trying to tranquillise an animal that is unknown to science, it would be hard to guess at the right mix of drugs. You’d only be able to make a best guess because it’s something no one has ever done. “You would be taking a lot of risks.”