Wednesday, January 9, 2013

FINDING BIGFOOT: Australian Yowie

Animal Planet - Original Air Date: 12/30/2012

The team -- Matt, Cliff, Bobo, and Ranae -- go Down Under to look for the Yowie, the bigfoot of Oz, recently seen in the tropical forests of Australia's Gold Coast near Sydney.  Once on the other side of the world, the investigation follows the show's usual format: talk to a witness, night investigation, town hall & camp out, more witnesses, and a second night investigation.  The first person they talk to is Gary Opit, professional field biologist. He is an impressive witness (even to Ranae) and knows the local wilds.  He saw a possible Yowie in the forest, but found no physical evidence.  On one of their night investigations, Ranae, Bobo, and Cliff hear claps, knocks, snapping trees, and a strange growling howl -- but nothing definitive.  This is their best evidence, though on their final night investigation, Bobo thinks he hears someone (or something) talking in an unknown language.  He believes it to be a Yowie, and the believers in the group declare the beast to be real.  We don't get Ranae's opinion (as the show often ends on an up-note for believers).  Basically, this two-hour episode is just a super-sized regular show with an exotic location.

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