Bigfoot Ate My Cheesy Wotsit. British hunter says Yeti stole his cheesy snack

The Sun

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.”

Other hazards include wives and girlfriends – and how they might react when you say you’re off to a far-off forests for six weeks to hunt pre-historic monsters that scientists insist no longer exist. “It may well have been a factor in relationships in the past,” says Adam who is engaged to be married a third time. “When I first meet someone I just don’t go into it. I introduce the subject gradually. “I won’t just show up on a first date in my Indiana Jones hat. Luckily, my current fiancee is a zoologist so that makes it easier because she’s interested and wants to be included. “But I’ve had friends’ girlfriends remark in the past that they would never have considered going out with me because of what I do, which makes you think.” The “best” evidence of Bigfoot was captured in October 1967 by two American explorers – Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin – who shot a famous 59-second film at Bluff Creek, California of a suspected ape-man shuffling off into the woods.

Though sceptics dismiss it as a laughable hoax perpetrated by two red-neck chancers with a gorilla suit, Adam believes the tape is genuine. “He walks with a certain gait, which if you try to copy, ends up looking too ungainly. “I am persuaded Bigfoot exists in the United States, though I think the Abominable Snowman – the Yeti – may be close to extinction at this stage. He hasn’t been seen lately. “A lot of people think the Yeti is white, but that’s really just a myth. For a start, he doesn’t live in the snow because there’s not going to be enough food there. “He’ll be at an altitude of no higher than 10,000 ft and he’ll be brown or black.” But having travelled the world on his quest, Adam is convinced the best place to find a Bigfoot-type creature is not the United States – but in western Sumatra. “He’s called the Orang-pendek and is smaller than the American Bigfoot, maybe five feet three inches. I’ve been to Sumatra eight times so far and have brought back prints and hair but I’ll admit the proof is still a little patchy. “That’s why I’m concentrating on DNA, because you can take hairs and give them to a scientist see if there’s a match to a creature that’s already known. If you discover you’ve stumbled on unique DNA then you really could be onto something.”

In 2003, Adam took time off Bigfoot to search for the Mongolian Death Worm, a six-foot legless lizard which spits yellow venom according to the local nomads. In the end, the Mongolian Army proved far more hostile when they arrested him after they spotted his jeep roaming the Gobi desert. “They told me if I was a Chinese spy, I would be taken out and shot. Then they asked me to sign a piece of paper which I didn’t understand. “I said, ‘Do I look Chinese to you?’ and they took the point and eventually let me go.” These days he is focusing on Bigfoot which dwells in less hazardous places. Like California and Canada. He says it would be nice one day to prove the sceptics and the scientists wrong. “There’s times when you think, maybe I should just join a Sunday football league and lead a quiet life. “But I’ve made so many personal sacrifices and I’d love to finally find persuasive proof that it really exists. “After everything I’ve been through, a normal life just wouldn’t appeal to me.”

MONSTERS: WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Never mind what the dreary scientists and the sceptics tell you. The world’s forests and lakes are positively teeming with monsters. Just look at the, er, weight of evidence uncovered by Adam.

BIGFOOT:

What he hoped to find: A seven-foot ape-man able to walk on two feet. Said to live in the backwaters of Washington, California and other places the locals brew moonshine. Growls at strangers. Cousins live in Sumatra and mountains of Nepal. Wherever people like to gather around campfires and tell tall stories.

What he found: Mysterious footprints in the jungles of Sumatra and unidentified strands of hair.

THE CONGO MONSTER (Mokele-mbembe)

What he hoped to find: A dinosaur with a long slender neck and an elephantine body with four tree-trunk legs, a long tail and testicles the size of beer barrels. Said to skulk around the swampy Likouala regions in the north of the country.

What he found: Excited pygmies gathered around a big lake jabbering: “It was THIS big

THE SELJORD SERPENT

What he hoped to find: 15-metre lake monster with scaly body and the head of a horse or maybe a crocodile. Lives in Lake Seljord 75 miles southwest of Oslo, according to tourism chiefs. Sightings date back to 1750.

What he found: Undulating black creature with barbs on his back.

THE MONGOLIAN DEATH WORM

What he hoped to find: Ribbed tube-like creature with bright red. Spits venom. Lives in the Gobi desert.

What he found: Angry Mongolian soldiers convinced he was spying in the sand dunes for China.

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