Too true. Yes, we're not ever going to be able to demonstrate 100% that the PG film is a set up, but we can, and have I think shown it to be so beyond reasonable doubt. And the herniation is as you say nonsense. There's now a theory that it was the result of a bullet strike during the filming. I disagree with that, I know of scientists who are, I don't mean to the extent of the ones I suspect you've encountered, but they can definitely hold their own amongst European trackers. I like a cryptid story too, always have, always will. I'm not so keen on bigfoot and it drives me mad when I see the thylacine treated as an Australian Nessie (as opposed to the sound researchers who still look for it), but I still love cryptozoology even though for me all the cryptids are extinct.