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An American vlogger claimed to have discovered a skull which may have belonged to Bigfoot while exploring woodland in British Columbia, Canada.
Nathaniel Peterson, who is known to his followers as Coyote, shared footage of the discovery on the YouTube channel Brave Wilderness, which offers a 'wild world of adventure and amazing up close animal encounters'.
In the clip, the adventurer can be seen pulling what appear to be animal remains from a puddle of mud, saying: "That is the skull of a primate in the Pacific Northwest."
Check out the finding below:
Peterson claims to have found the skull in a riverbed, with his fellow explorers first speculating it might be human before suggesting it was more likely a bear.
It was only when they removed the skull from the ground that the group realised it wasn't a bear skull, but the skull of a primate.
Mario Aldecoa, who also runs the YouTube channel, speculated the creature might have been 'shot in the head', noting a large hole in the side of the skull.
One member of the group suggested it 'might be a movie prop', but Peterson insisted it could be a Sasquatch (Bigfoot) and wrapped the skull up to take home with him.
The adventurer later took to Facebook to share more pictures of the discovery, writing: "Leaking pics here before they are taken down and before government/official try to cease our footage.
“Found a large primate skull in British Columbia - filmed it, cut the footage, releasing on @bravewilderness this weekend. Have kept this secret for several weeks… YES I have the skull, its currently in a secure location awaiting primatologist review.”
Peterson reiterated his belief the skull didn't belong to a bear, and added: “I’m sure these pics will be taken down… as will probably the video by government or state park officials… but the skull is safe. I don’t know if it's what you all think it might be… but I cannot explain finding a primate skull in the Pac Northwest without wondering!"
The alleged discovery resulted in mixed responses from viewers, with many accusing the group of posting 'clickbait'.
"I love these guys, but every now and then the thumbnails and “drama” get go overboard, I to beg they keep it real, the world needs them, for the sake of all wildlife," one fan wrote.
Others seemed more believing of the find, with one responding: "Well if he's willing to let other experts in this field of science examine and do tests on it then I would be impressed because you'd think he would want other experts to confirm its authenticity."
In a follow up video, Peterson confirmed the skull was in fact not real, but a prop from a movie. He used the video to offer advice to viewers about what to do if they discovered something unidentifiable in the wild.
"Leave it alone [and] contact the officials in your local area," viewers were advised.
Some YouTube users have been left unsatisfied with being led on in order for Peterson to make his point, though others argued he was sharing a 'very good message'.
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