A crowd of more than 100,000 people turned out for a Sasquatches first appearance at the Texas Southern University (TSU) festival this weekend.
The crowd made its way to the campus from all over Texas to watch the wild animal as it performed for the first time since it was discovered by students in 2009.
TSU President Tim Wilson said the festival was a big step for the university to showcase the animal and help raise awareness about its plight.
The festival also included a parade of more two dozen horses, including one that had a giant smile on its face.
“We wanted to showcase what we can do to educate people about Sasquatched,” Wilson said.
The animal is known as a Sasqueamish or Sasquachasaurus.
It’s believed to have been introduced to the U.S. in the 19th century.
Some scientists think it has a population of just a few hundred in the wild.
“This is the first opportunity we’ve had for the public to get a chance to see this species,” Wilson told reporters at the festival.
Sasquatching was officially listed as endangered on the U,S.
Endangered Species Act in 2016.
Wilson said there is hope that the SasquATCHs presence at the university will encourage more people to see the animal.
“It’s our hope that they come out to the festival, because it’s going to be an event that we can have some real positive impact on,” he said.
Some of the animals were also treated to treats.
“I think the best thing for the animal is to have its name, its face, its feathers,” Wilson joked.
The event also featured live music, including a mashup of the songs of the Beatles, Metallica and R. Kelly.
Some fans were surprised to see a human figure in the crowd.
That’s just one of the coolest things you’ve ever seen,” one woman told local television station KPRC.
“People should be scared of a Sasquinake,” another woman told KPRG.
“If you see a SasQUASH, run.
If you see one of these things, run.”
Sasquake sightings have been a regular occurrence since the animals first made an appearance in the U and then in the world’s eyes in 2009, according to a report by the National Wildlife Federation.
“In the world of wildlife science, there’s been a trend over the years to show the wild animals that there’s something wrong with them,” Wilson explained.
“You know, people are not scared of wild animals, they’re afraid of their own eyes.”