Huffington Post Weird News writer, formerly of Wireless Flash News, David Moye conducted an interview with Jane Goodall at a recent event of her Jane Goodall Institute. In an eight minute video interview, at the 7:15 mark, Moye asks Goodall about her opinion of Bigfoot. You can find it at the 4:20 mark, Moye’s questioning about native accounts of the chimpanzee as a precursor of his final question. The video (warning: audio is extremely low for Goodall, loud for Moye) can be found at Moye’s article on Huffington Post.
The total extent of her reply was this:
“I’m not going to flat-out deny its existence, I’m fascinated and would actually love them to exist. Of course, it’s strange that there has never been a single authentic hide or hair of the Bigfoot, but I’ve read all the accounts.”
Her smile (yes, as primates, we sign nonverbally to each other all the time) conveys “uncomfortableness.” In some ways, she didn’t truly understand whom she was talking to, and may have thought she had to maintain the stance that she was speaking directly to future fiscal donators. Her response is reasoned and responsible.
Her past reply to NPR’s reporter Ira Flatow, however, allowed her to stretch her legs when asked about “Bigfoot,” which she must understand to be any hairy hominoid worldwide:
“I’ve talked to so many native Americans who all describe the same sounds, two who have seen them. I’ve probably got about, oh, 30 books that have come from different parts of the world, from China from, from all over the place, and there was a little tiny snippet in the newspaper just last week which says that British scientists have found what they believed to be a yeti hair and that the scientists in the Natural History Museum in London couldn’t identify it as any known animal….of course, the big, the big criticism of all this is, ‘Where is the body?’ You know, why isn’t there a body? I can’t answer that, and maybe they don’t exist, but I want them to.”"
She seems to have fallen back on the more considered parts of her former reply.
Jane Goodall with Sasquatch investigator and author John Bindernagel. Used with permission of John Bindernagel.