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'Bigfoot' Inadvertently Caught in iPhone Video

Spokane Bigfoot

The real deal or yet another hoax? (YouTube)

A young woman in Spokane, Washington claims to have captured definitive video footage of the legendary Bigfoot, the elusive ape-like humanoid that famously avoids high definition footage.

The woman in question -- who revealed herself to the media only as "Samantha" -- says she was filming a group of friends hike through Downriver Park in Spokane when her iPhone inadvertently picked up the mythical beast.

Because the creature was some distance away, Samantha didn't notice until she reviewed the footage later at home. A few days  later, she uploaded the video to YouTube; the "evidence" was soon viewed by over 700,000 believers and skeptics alike as of May 31 -- with a disproportionate number of "dislike" ratings.

Samantha seems convinced, however. 

"I have never given it much thought, but now I'm not so sure," she explained to local news outlet KXLY."Seems real enough to me."

The current top comment on YouTube offers a more rational observation on why it may be fake.

"Any animal or even human that lives in these woods would not casually stroll by when 'intruders' are entering its territory," explained user OmicronTurtle. "It would be very aware of any hikers nearby. It would stay hidden, leave the area undetected, or attack."

In March, a Shelby, North Carolina, man claimed to have a video of the legendary Bigfoot as well.

Thomas Byers, who captured that grainy video, was convinced of his finding more by the smell than by what he saw.

"One thing I know is the smell of it was horrid. It smelled like a cross between road kill and a skunk," he said at the time.

Bigfoot, it seems, really likes to travel.