Robert Bateman Hand Signed Limited Edition Print 12.125″ x 17.875″
Edition Size: 950
“The moss-draped branches barely part as a large, dark shadow moves swiftly through the northeastern forest. It is a vertical shape, over six feet tall; its long legs rule out a bear. It must be a primate, but is it ape or human?
The Salish tribe of southwest British Columbia call the being ” Sasquits,” meaning “hairy man,” from which we have coined the name Sasquatch. It is also called Bigfoot since the footprints are up to 22″ long, averaging 16″ and one-third wider than human prints of the same length. Most of the sightings come from remote, densely forested areas seldom visited by humans. Sasquatches are generally shy and move away quickly, although a few frightening incidents have been reported. Two men in a truck camper on the west side of Harrison Lake, B.C., noticed an ape-like face in their window, and almost immediately afterward felt their vehicle being shaken, as if to overturn it. Uncommonly ther are intimidation displays – breaking branches, running back and forth and throwing stones. These are behaviors similar to those of chimps when they are angry or distressed.
Perhaps this rare animal is a descendant of Gigantopithecus, a giant fossil ape of Asia. But until we get some tangible evidence – bones, teeth, hair – that can be submitted to DNA testing, this fascinating mammal will not appear in the field guides.” Robert Bateman
(From the original painting Sasquatch – 2000 – 12.125″ x 17.875″ Acrylic on Board)