When Oliver Was Bigfoot

Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 13th, 2007

Oliver is not a Sasquatch, but you might not have known that in the 1970s. Articles about Oliver being a Bigfoot were written in all seriousness.

But Oliver is a chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes).

Unfortunately, despite his history being easily obtainable, I still get inquiries about Oliver really being a Bigfoot.

Supposedly, there is a government conspiracy to keep Oliver hidden away in Texas and the “truth” about his Sasquatch affinities hidden from all of you.


Sometimes a mishandled chimp merely grows up to be a dysfunctional but recovering chimp.

Sometimes a mangy bear is only a mangy bear.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

9 Responses to “When Oliver Was Bigfoot”

  1. forsakenfuture responds:

    Ive always found Oliver fascinating.

  2. squatchwatcher responds:

    Whenever I see a program on Oliver I always feel sad for that poor chimp. He’s probably so screwed up in the head he doesn’t have any idea what he is. The woman in the clip looks like she’s trying to make another Oliver, sad.

  3. Ayala responds:

    I hope Oliver is happy and healthy in his final years. He’s been through too much. I hope his story will inspire younger people to take a look at the way we treat creatures we call “different.”

  4. bill green responds:

    hey loren & everyone this article about oliver the primate always realy interest me indeed. oliver is a very interesting & special primate. thanks bill green 🙂

  5. folcrom responds:

    A chimpanzee yes, but definitely an exceptional chimpanzee.

    Just as we get exceptional humans, surely we also get exceptional chimpanzees.

    Do we know which particular sub-species of chimpanzee Oliver was?

    Apart from being a chimpanzee, was anything else interesting found about his genetics?

  6. Tengu responds:

    Why yes, saying hes just a chimp doesnt mean that much these days, there are several types.

    and has anyone x rayed his hips? walking like that is exceptional in `any` chimp.

  7. mystery_man responds:

    An exceptional chimpanzee though he may be, it is still a far cry from the “Bigfoot” or “humanzee” he was labeled as before. I really value the ability of science to dispel misinformation and sensationalism, to cut through rumor and superstition to get to how the world really works. Unfortunately even then, you have those who want to hold on to the mystery, who reject the truth and evidence in order to embrace wild hypotheses like conspiracy stories and cover ups. That does nothing for the credibility of this field.

  8. Kronprinz_adam responds:

    Hi. I have 2 favorite theories about Oliver.
    1. Is Oliver a Bonobo? (Pan paniscus). I read in Wikipedia, they walk upright very often and have genetic differences with the common Chimp (Pan troglodytes).

    2. Is Oliver a relic Australophitecus? Who knows? How different is an extinct Australophitecus from a modern Chimp?

  9. bebek responds:

    I remember when I was a kid and I first saw a video special about Oliver on tv. I guess this was a little over 10 years ago. It terrified me. Just how human like his movements were, etc. frightened me.

    He fascinates me now, however.

    Like the poster above me, I’d wondered the same about the bonobo. When I first learned about them a few years ago, Oliver actually came to my mind instantly. Were any tests ever done to confirm?

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