Friday, August 29, 2008

Dr. Ruehl on flying pig: "Perhaps... some fly!"

Los Angeles-based performance artist Joaquin Blanco says he saw a flying pig while motorcycling through LA's rustic Topanga Canyon. A flying pig? We asked Tabloid Baby pal, contributor, columnist and TV, movie and music video star Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.to give us the lowdown on the possibility this is real. Here's his reply (which includes a sidetrip through Bigfoot country):

As with other serious cryptozoologists, I was most disgusted with the recent ploy by 2 buffoons down in Georgia to try to pass off a frozen ape suit as a Bigfoot cadaver! It gave skeptics an undeserved field day to scoff at legitimate efforts to prove such entities do indeed exist.

But undeterred, I still maintain that Bigfoot may well be a genuine entity. For instance, the coelacanth, a fossil fish that had been presumed extinct for millions of years, a fish that actually predated the dinos, was suddenly found flourishing in 1938 off of the coast of Madagascar, and other schools have been discovered off of Java in recent years. I stress that this is not a tiny guppy, but a rather sizable marine denizen that is 5 to 6 feet in length, weighing approximately 100 pounds, yet went unnoticed for an appreciable amount of time.

And the mountain gorilla, another hefty creature, was not discovered until the beginning of the 20th century.

So Bigfoot and its cousins around the globe, such as the Yeti in Tibet, the Almasty in Russia, and the Migoi in Bhutan, may indeed exist and have simply found ecological niches to hide and survive in.

On a personal note, when I flew up to northern Manitoba to the community of Norway House for the TV show," A Current Affair," in 2005 to hunt for Bigfoot based on a bargeman's videotape of a such an entity apparently emerging from hibernation, i was most impressed with the dense forestation on all sides, the left, the right, the north, east, south, and west...you could easily have had 100 such creatures concealed within.

While our team did not find Bigfoot, we did uncover a significant amount of secondary evidence. For instance, we found bird bones that had their feathers peeled off before being eaten, something a bear, for example, would not do, but perhaps an action an intelligent Bigfoot might take. And, the locals were bringing us sophisticated digital photos of possible Bigfoot footprints. Indeed, one contingent even delivered a large box of dirt with the footprint embedded within!

So, despite this recent fiasco, I think there is a substantial chance of ultimately proving this beast indeed exists.

Now, in contrast to my furor over the Bigfoot deception, I am delighted with the recent photos of the Flying Pig! Here, we have clear-cut photographic evidence that can readily be studied rather than something hidden away in a freezer!

The term, “When pigs fly,” refers to a supposedly impossible event actually occurring. The origin of the phrase apparently derives from pigs being delivered to an abattoir on barges in the river in Cincinnati, Ohio. As they were stacked one atop another, low-lying fog enshrouded the lower portion, so the barge was rendered invisible, with the pigs apparently floating, or flying, in the air.

While I am not yet prepared to commit myself on the status of the flying pig's authenticity, I do try to keep an open mind on the seemingly impossible… perhaps, despite their girth, some have managed to actually fly.

However, I submit that the existence of Bigfoot is more probable.

May the Power of the Cosmos be with You!

Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.

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