‘Oh yes. We’ve seen monkeys without tails. They walk upright and they’re about six foot tall.’
The legendary activist and conservationist, Jane Goodall — now 87 years old — was recently interviewed by GQ after launching her new book Trees for Jane. While the entire interview is worth a read, there’s a certain portion of it that’ll pluck the heartstrings of Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Yeti enthusiasts from all around.
Goodall was asked a “silly guestion” by the interviewee, Gabriella Paiella, asking to reiterate why she’s not ruling out that Bigfoot exists.
“For various reasons,” said Goodall. “And I’ll tell you one, my most striking one. I was in Ecuador. We’d flown for two solid hours over unbroken forest in a small plane and we visited four tiny little communities. 30 to 50 people, no roads, and they communicate with each other by means of like in the old days — it was the town crier, but these are hunters actually, and they carry the news from one village to another and letters and things like that. So I had an interpreter and I said to him, ‘When you next meet one of these hunters, could you ask if they’ve ever seen a monkey without a tail?’ Three of the hunters came back and said, ‘Oh yes. We’ve seen monkeys without tails. They walk upright and they’re about six foot tall.’“
The interviewee was left sort of speechless, but resorted to an “Oh wow” before Goodall continued with her theory.
“Now this was an interpreter from the village,” said Goodall. “He knew nothing about Bigfoot, nothing at all. Every single country has its version. Yeti, Yowie in Australia, Wild Man in China. So I don’t know if it’s perhaps a myth that stems from maybe the last of the Neanderthals. But then is the last of the Neanderthals still living in these remote forests? I don’t know. But I’m not going to say it doesn’t exist and I’m not going to say people who believe in it are stupid.”
You can check out the full interview about climate change, her new book, and more at GQ.com.