Lair of the Beasts: Bigfoot: The Problem of Food (

By:Nick Redfern
Date: Saturday, March 09, 2013

Many researchers of the Bigfoot phenomenon take the view that the hairy, man-like beasts are some form of unknown ape. Or, they suggest that the creatures may represent a surviving, relic population of the presumed long-extinct, ancient ape known as Gigantopithecus, I, however, do not. 

Rather, I take the stance that Bigfoot is stranger than either of the above scenarios; in fact, much stranger. Indeed, it’s fair to say I think Bigfoot is a beast of paranormal – rather than flesh and blood – origins. There’s a good reason I say that. It has to do with Bigfoot’s eating habits. Or, more correctly, it’s lack of eating habits.

This is something, without doubt, most noticeable when it comes to the matter of Bigfoot in Britain – for which literally dozens and dozens of reports exist.

F.W. “Ted” Holiday was the author of such ground-breaking and paradigm-shifting books as The Dragon and the Disc, The Great Orm of Loch Ness, and The Goblin Universe. He famously stated the following with respect to the thorny matter of mysterious, hairy, man-beasts in our very midst:

“Real animals stay alive by eating. Giant primates, such as the gorilla, feed almost continuously during daylight, and in no dainty fashion. Bigfoot, however, allegedly lives in coastal evergreen forests which produce low-energy food of the poorest quality. It is impossible to imagine this miserable fare could sustain a race of eight-foot-high anthropoids.”

Holiday’s undeniably wise, and wholly justified, words were made in particular relation to the controversy surrounding the Bigfoot phenomenon in North America; yet, they are equally as relevant to the problem of such animals allegedly residing in the British Isles – and, quite possibly, even more relevant, too.

If we take the stance that the British Bigfoot is a form of ape, one of the biggest and most important questions that needs answering is: On what does the creature live? 

Most certainly, there’s not a lot of wild bamboo in Britain – a food source that Mountain Gorillas, for example, thrive on. In fact, if one takes a good, long walk around any number of places where the British creature has been seen what we actually notice is a marked lack of food that is rich in nourishment and vitamins. 

A fully grown Mountain Gorilla partakes of more than 140 types of plants, shoots, stems and leaves, and can eat up to fifty pounds of vegetation...each and every day. When one takes a look at their massive bulks, this is not surprising at all. 

But here’s the big problem: The average British Bigfoot is no smaller than the typical Mountain Gorilla. In some cases, it even dwarfs the Mountain Gorilla! Yet, we come back to that big problem in Britain: Where is the food that allows – and must have allowed for centuries, given how long reports date back into recorded history – these immense “animals” to live? 

Well, maybe the British beasts have adapted to surviving on the type of nourishment that one typically finds in the average farmer’s fields, or orchards, in Britain. 

Not impossible, you might say. But, if whole colonies of goliath-sized, well-built, muscular beasts are having to eat upwards of fifty pounds of vegetation every day, of every week, of every year, of every decade, of every century – just to stay alive - then why aren’t the nations’ food-suppliers up in arms about all the mysteriously missing cabbages, sprouts, carrots, apples, potatoes, beans, and more? 

The answer is devastatingly simple, but equally devastatingly problematic when it comes to Bigfoot in Britain. The reason: Nothing of great significance is going mysteriously missing on a massive, regular, country-wide scale, that’s why. Plus, there are no signs that the creatures are ever seen specifically, and regularly, hanging around farmland, which one would expect to be the case if the above-theory can be considered to have merit. 

So, we have a real conundrum. We see evidence - all across the UK - of giant, ape-like animals, which give every appearance of being real flesh and blood creatures; that is, however, until we look at the cases a bit closer and find problematic issues surfacing, like definitive red-flags, left, right and center. 

None of us can get by without food, and that should go for Bigfoot, too. Given the beasts are reported as being anywhere from 7 to 10 feet tall (sometimes even taller than that), they should be voracious feeders. 

That the animals are seen, seemingly thriving, in areas that totally lack the very types, and quantities, of food that such animals would require is – as I see it – a major problem when it comes to suggesting Bigfoot is just an ape and not something much weirder, and perhaps even phantom-like.

Nick Redfern’s new book, Monster Files, will be published by New Page Books on May 22.