Quick — someone call Animal Planet.

The television network was in North Carolina early last month shooting scenes for a new special on Bigfoot sightings around America, including Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Oregon and Washington.

Now it appears they just missed him.

A Shelby, N.C., man says he was driving with a friend Tuesday evening when he saw Bigfoot cross Golden Valley Church Road in Rutherford County. Naturally, he had time to video record the experience. "It ran across the road and into the woods right in front of us, and I was able to film it," Thomas Byers wrote in an email to WCNC NewsChannel 36 in Charlotte, N.C. "In the short video you can hear it snarl or growl at me."

On his website, Byers adds that the creature smelled something awful. "One thing I know is the smell of it was horrid," he writes. "It smelled like a cross between road kill and a skunk. And it did not like the fact that I was there on the road with it."

Commenters have both derided and celebrated the grainy, blurry footage — with many chiming in with Bigfoot stories of their own.

"I am 72 years old, retired professional, college educated," writes one. "I saw Bigfoot when I was about 9 years old. We lived in Southeast Missouri. I was outside, in the dark, getting a drink of water from the pump. He was standing behind me, off to the side. I ran like crazy and never told a soul."

Is this really Bigfoot? You be the judge and check out the video below:

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Video: Bigfoot spotted in North Carolina
Resident says he was driving with a friend when large creature crossed the road in front of him. Unfortunately, like most sightings, the video is awful.