Washington, July 30 : An 8ft ape-like creature that bears a striking resemblance to the legendary Bigfoot has been sighted in Canada.
The unidentified animal had an "upright, human-like" walk and black fur, according to eyewitnesses who spotted the creature in woods in northwestern Ontario last week.
According to a report in the Telegraph, a large, six-toed footprint was found in the area 140 miles northeast of Winnipeg shortly afterwards.
There have been dozens of reported sightings of large, hairy humanoids, known as the Bigfoot or Sasquatch, in the remote forests on the west coasts of Canada and United States in recent decades, although evidence for their existence is scant.
"There's been talk of Bigfoot, sasquatch. And I'm still not sure what it was, but I've never seen anything like it," said Helen Pahpasay, who was out berry-picking with her mother when they saw the animal from their truck. "It was black, about eight feet long and all black, and the way it walked was upright, human-like, but more - I don't know how to describe it - more of a husky walk, I guess. It didn't look normal," she added.
The animal appeared to spot the humans and fled into the wood.
Sasquatch is a Native American term meaning "hairy giant". There have been several reported sightings in Canada in the past few years.
According to scientists, the best evidence yet gathered of the Bigfoot's existence is hair picked up in thick forest in the Garo hills in the mountains of Meghalaya in north-east India five years ago.
Recent analysis has failed to link them with any known species and are said to bear "a startling resemblance" to those brought back from the Himalayas by Sir Edmund Hillary half a century ago.