TODAY IN BIGFOOT HISTORY!
1957, Ponce de Leon Springs, Florida: Naked Skunk Ape Scares Bathing Family
Leroy Flecker and his wife Helen had a yearly tradition of taking their family to Ponce de Leon Springs when the kids got of school for the summer.
This particular trip just did not feel right to Helen, her eldest daughter Anna, remembered, “Mom just felt that something was off. First of all, there were no other people around. At first we thought this was great. We had the whole place to ourselves. Us kids, we didn’t notice a thing, really, we were just too excited to be on vacation. Plus my brothers loved playing in the creek.”
It was probably just after noon, that the family first noticed the strange creature that was sitting in a tree on the far bank. “My brother Jim had the bright idea to throw rocks at it. This made my father very mad, since you could really hurt someone with a rock. If it hit them you know. And my dad did not like the idea of having to apologize to anyone on us kids’ behalf. So he starts yelling at Jim to get out of the water and stop throwing rocks. “
“That is when my littler brother Brian started crying that the monster in the trees did not have any clothes on. This was very scandalous to Brian since he loved being naked himself and some of his worst tantrums involved putting on clothes.”
“My father just went nuts when he saw what us kids were all pointing at. He started yelling at us to get out of the water as quickly as we could. He really was frantic. I do not think I ever saw him turn beet red like that. Later he explained to us that he was deadly frightened that that naked ape looking creature would do something ghastly to us kids.”
“Well, once we all got out of the water. My little brother Phil only after my dad threatened to beat him raw with a belt. My dad pushed all us kids into the back of the car, still dripping wet and leaving Jim’s shoes behind. Which made Jim cry, until I reminded him that shoes were clothes. And dad just hauled ass out of there.”
“It was not until a couple years later that all us kids put two and two together and figured out that what dad was so scared of was one of them Bigfoot Skunk things. I think dad was nervous because it was naked as a jay bird. And those monsters are supposed to be hairy.”