L a w y e r Who’s ‘Creature’ Is Not Sure What…Oliver has.a bald head even though: he’s supposed to be only seven years old, and sharp pointed ears like Spock-of TV fame Star Trek. .He’s hairy-all over, but more hairy on his arms and legs than on his’ body. He stands erect, and usually wears a grim expression, At leaSt, that’s what Oliver looks like in this picture released here Wednesday by Manhattan attorney Michael Miller, who.claims to have purchased the. “very strange-looking creature” for $8,000 from an unidentified animal source in an unidentified upstate New York area. I have promised to protect everyone .involved. 34- year-old Miller said in explaining why’he’s so secretive about where Oliver came from. Miller said he plans to have Oliver.put through various tests to determine whether he is’an ape or a man-like creature -or even a young bigfoot.” Miller says he doesn’t think Oliver is a Big Foot^ but that should he turn out to be, his $8,000 would turn out to be a pretty good investment. Miller said after the tests on Oliver are completed, he will make appearances. For now he reports that Oliver is four feet, six inches tall, blind and likes fruit and vegetables. Oliver never walks on all fours.”
Excerpt from the Bridgeport News, 1976
During the bigfoot frenzy of the 70s it’s easy to understand the excitement over a primate such as Oliver. One who prefers human females, chooses to walk upright and has some more human mannerisms.
The first thought scientist had was, is Oliver the missing link, a human hybrid? That may sound crazy but back 100 years ago a supposed female chimp was impregnated with seaman from an unknown donor. (My bet is on it being the scientist) and a baby was said to be born. After it’s birth, the scientist panicked over the ethical and moral implications of there creation and terminated the baby and the research. The name for these possible hybrids was “humanzees”. Other such creations were also attempted in Russia in the 1920s, although they wanted a super soldier, and again in China in the 1960s which resulted in the hybrid dying of neglect in the lab.
Then, in the 1970s came Oliver. Oliver made the term “humanzee” a household name. Oliver had come at the wrong time in the wrong place, because everyone wanted to be famous for finding bigfoot, or the missing link. He had a very unstable life getting bounced around from a genetics lab, to an enchanted Village theme park, then off to a wild animal training center, he then spent 9 years in the Buckshire Corporation confined in a small cage and finally to Primarily Primates a sanctuary for primates. It changed owners and name but he remained there till his death in 2012 , he died with his female chimpanzee companion Raisin by his side.
I’m grateful he ended his days in a sanctuary with a companion and hopefully had some peace in his soul…
Oliver serves as a tale about what atrocities mankind would do in the name of science, and how we classify every creature as beneath us and that this planet and every living thing on it belongs to us. Is here to serve us in some way.
And as far as bigfoot goes, do you really want to bring in a living, breathing bigfoot for scientists to examine???
Food for thought, have a great Sunday!