In mid-February of 2001, a number of newspapers in Florida began publishing stories of an unnamed woman who had seen an unusual ape-like entity stealing apples off of her back porch, near the Myakka River in Sarasota County.
Apparently exasperated by the intrusions of this unusually nosy animal, she finally sent a letter, including photographs of the creature, to the local sheriff’s office.
According to a column written by Steve Otto of the Tampa Tribune, the letter, in part, read:
“Enclosed please find some pictures I took. . . . My husband thinks it is an orangutan. Is someone missing an orangutan? It is in a crouching position in the middle of standing up from where it was sitting. It froze as soon as the flash went off. . . . I heard the orangutan walk off into the brushes.
I judge it as being about six and a half to seven feet tall. As soon as I realized how close it was, I got back to the house.
It had an awful smell that lasted well after it had left my yard. The orangutan was making deep `woomp’ noises.
For two nights prior, it had been taking apples that my daughter brought down from up north off our back porch. It only came back one more night after that and took some apples that my husband left out in order to get a better look at it.
We got a dog back there now, and, as far as I can tell, it hasn’t been back.
I don’t want any fuss or people with guns traipsing around behind our house. At the very least, this animal belongs in a place like Busch Gardens.
Why haven’t people been told that an animal this size is loose? . . . Please look after this situation. I don’t want my backyard to turn into someone else’s circus.”