BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 27: A pedestrian dressed as "bigfoot" makes their way through the strong wind and snow in the Back Bay neighborhood during a blizzard on January 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Twenty-six inches of snow fell on Boston by the late afternoon, and up to 33 inches in other parts of Massachusetts. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)

Come on now.  This report is just too hard to believe.  A very credible news agency is reporting there have been two bigfoot sightings in South Carolina this year and one of them is, you guessed it, in the town where I live.

That’s right!  One of the sightings of a “bigfoot” is in Clover, South Carolina.  This is according to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization and reported by Channel 9 in Charlotte.  A Professional forester reportedly heard a knocking sound and smelled a strange smell.  He also reports a large area that had been compressed in the ground as if “something large had been sleeping there”.  This reportedly happened around July 5th. I’m thinking, bear.  They too are large and leave a smell.  But, of course, I am no expert.

Then on August second there was another Bigfoot sighting on the South Carolina coast at Hunting Island State Park.  There are several eyewitness accounts of seeing the creature during the day.  For more information get the story here from Channel 9.

Now look, I love a good wildlife sighting as much as the next person but I am having trouble wrapping my head around this one. If several people have seen this mythical creature, wouldn’t there be credible photos by now. No way Biggie can escape social media these days.  It is fun to think about.  I have a group of friends that have been part of my life for over twenty years and we plan on going to the Bigfoot festival in Marion in May.  We are ALL in with the myth. Just not even a little bit sure it’s a reality.

List: 15 Places To Visit Animals In The Charlotte North Carolina Area

An interesting fact that you may not know is that Charlotte is actually the largest city in the country that doesn’t have a zoo. And there is very little chance we will ever get a true one. But don’t let that get you down, there are plenty of places you can visit with all types of animals in the Charlotte area. The biggest reason we will most likely never get a true zoo is that we are just 1.5 hours from both the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro and Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia.

Both of those zoos make our list and while both are large zoos, they offer different animals. For instance, you can see polar bears in North Carolina and Koalas in South Carolina. Is marine life more of your interest? Don’t worry we’ve got a couple of options for you as well. Other animals include bison, alpacas, farm animals, all sorts of birds, goats are more.

All of the places on this list are a short drive from Charlotte. Most are very affordable to visit so a great family trip as the weather gets warmer. I love animals but I’m not a huge fan of encountering them unexpectedly, so this type of thing is right up my alley. I can’t wait to add several of these to my summer bucket list. Where is your favorite place to visit animals in the Charlotte area? Let us know on social media!