While vacationing in North Carolina, Eric Walters captured footage on his smartphone of what appears to be a Sasquatch moving through a grassy field. Walters just happened to be taking his dog Zippy for a walk when the two of them had the unusual encounter.
According to Walters, the video was captured on Buck Forest Road in Henderson County. However, there’s been some public controversy about the location because the video reportedly showcases one of Carolina Mornings, Inc.’s signs. A representative from the company told local reporters the location of the sign is in Asheville on Gold Anchor Lane, which is not part of Henderson County. Regardless of the discrepancy, the video does capture the brave actions and quick thinking of Zippy the dog.
What would you do if you found yourself face to face with Sasquatch or another cryptid? Would you react like Walters in the Youtube video and keep repeating “Oh my God,” while struggling to catch your breath? If so, hopefully, you’ll be just as lucky as Walters and your brave canine companion will be at your side, ready to leap into action.
A far cry from what you’d consider an attack dog, Zippy is a small Yorkshire Terrier that didn’t let its diminutive size stop it from giving chase and barking up a storm. In the video, the potential Sasquatch attack is averted and the creature moves away from Walters, obviously not too happy with all of the noise Zippy was making.
Walters believes Zippy saved him from the mysterious cryptid, and he told ABC11 that “Yorkies are small in size, but bigger than even a Sasquatch at heart.”
Walters also addressed online commentary that called him out for his panicked response by stating “I’ve read that some people think I was a little over dramatic, but how would you react to a Sasquatch?”
Should we believe Walters even though his statement of the location was initially wrong? It’s entirely possible he was confused about the specific location because after all, he was on vacation. Although cryptid enthusiasts rely on firsthand accounts to help them pinpoint the best spots to look for these creatures, it’s difficult to blame someone for making a mistake after having such an exciting encounter. Fortunately, the sign in the video helped locals track down the actual sighting spot.
Gay Weber, who is the Chief Marketing Officer for Carolina Mornings said that he’s “flattered that even Bigfoot knows that Carolina Mornings is the best vacation rental company in Western North Carolina.” Weber went on to admit he’s never seen any evidence of a Sasquatch in that area, but the company is experiencing an increase in rental inquiries. Most likely Sasquatch hunters attempting to book a spot close to the creature’s last known North Carolina sighting are behind the uptick.
In 2011, North Carolina resident Thomas Byers announced he’d spotted Sasquatch running in Rutherford County. It’s difficult to tell from Byers’ blurry video exactly what the figure is, but it does appear to be very tall. Byers stated the creature he saw was between six and seven feet tall. It’s unknown if there’s any link between this sighting and the recent one recorded by Walters.
In total, BFRO has compiled ninety-one reported Bigfoot appearances in North Carolina. Several of these have a Class B ranking, which means that the BFRO team believes the information has been provided by a credible resource. For example, a report from earlier this year was submitted by a thirty year veteran of the North Carolina Parks and Recreation department.
With all this activity, it’s highly likely there’s at least one Sasquatch roaming North Carolina, and the video Walters took is yet another piece of the puzzle that may eventually lead to a conclusive answer.