The Bigfoot Yowie: Enigmatic Creature That Scared Australia For Centuries

The vast, spread wilderness of Australia has been home to different creatures. From the smallest animals like snakes and scorpions to enigmatic creatures like Bigfoot named Yowie are believed to live there.

While the European tales only dates back to the 19th century, accounts from Australian indigenous Aboriginal are thought to stretch much further back than the European tales. A gigantic monster that resembles an ape is mentioned in these tales. The “hairy man of the wood” is a moniker given to the ape-like creature.

Sketch Of Yowie Made On The Account Of Sighting Made In Queensland In 2021
Sketch Of Yowie Made On The Account Of Sighting Made In Queensland In 2021

2021 Terrifying Sightings Of Yowie In Queensland

Three men were in a state of disbelief when they encountered Yowie on a darkened street in Queensland, Australia in December 2021. One of these men, named Stirling Slocock-Bennet, stated that “We were in utter disbelief of what we were seeing.” He was accompanied by Seamus Fitzgerald and one other man, all of them worked on a plantation.

It definitely was a scary moment for me, as I said I was so confused and shook of what we were seeing, and as we got closer and closer it didn’t make sense like you’d hope.

Stirling Slocock-Bennet

On December 4, these men were heading to the Jimna Base Camp when they stumbled upon the suspected Yowie. Initially, they spotted a “slouched figure” lurking under a streetlight. According to Fitzgerald, Yowie had “long arms” and an “apelike” face.

“We initially thought it was a boar or a really big animal until we got closer and saw it run off in a very apelike way”

Fitzgerald

After that incident, Fitzgerald was in a state of shock, and it left him doubting his worldview. He stated, “I’ve never really had a paranormal or strange experience like that before,” he said, adding: “I hardly slept that night and the feeling was overwhelming that I had seen something that I never believed in previously.”

As a result, sightings made by the three men encouraged other individuals to explore North Queensland in a desire to spot Yowie, which usually appears during storms. Moreover, Fitzgerald’s own encounter with the Yowie intrigued him to learn more about this mythical monster. Fitzgerald’s said, “I’m very intrigued to find out what other people have seen and experienced.”

In fact, this is not the first instance when a Yowie sighting was reported in Australian history. Since 1790 there have been multiple encounters with the beast.

The History Of Mythical Monster Yowie

The tale of Yowie originates from the Australian Aboriginals. According to the Kuku Yalanji tribe of far north Queensland, they co-existed with the Yowie for centuries, yet it has been reported to have attacked them on more than one occasion.

As per the tales, there are two kinds of Yowies. One reached a height of ten feet, while the other grew up to four or five feet tall.

These creatures had ape-like faces and orangey-brown hair that grew to about two to four inches long. Although Yowies tend to be shy, they are capable of becoming violent and hostile.

Several paintings painted or carved on Aboriginal caves appear to depict tall, hairy creatures alongside Aboriginal humans, despite the fact that many people believe Yowie is a fictional creature with no physical relevance. Also, some individuals put forth a theory that Yowie lived centuries ago and has now become extinct, or there could be a possibility that it has quietly vanished into the Australian Outback away from human settlement.

Yowie Statue In Queensland, Australia
Yowie Statue In Queensland, Australia

The natives of Australia … believe in … [the] YAHOO … This being they describe as resembling a man … of nearly the same height, … with long white hair hanging down from the head over the features … the arms as extraordinarily long, furnished at the extremities with great talons, and the feet turned backward, so that, on flying from man, the imprint of the foot appears as if the being had traveled in the opposite direction. Altogether, they describe it as a hideous monster of an unearthly character and ape-like appearance.

Record from a sighting made in 1842

In the 1880s a naturalist Henry James McCooey reported that he spotted the creature in New South Wales. As per his report, the creature was only five feet tall and was “tailless and covered with very long black hair.”

Over the years there have been multiple sightings of the Yowie and different appearances of Yowie have been reported, but every time a new sighting is reported the fear and shock have remained the same even up to the present day.

Recent Sightings Of Yowie

Even in today’s time, the legends of Yowie still seem to have a special place among Australians. Dean Harrison, who is part of Australian Yowie Research, stated that even in recent times, there have been multiple reports of Yowie sightings made by Australians. Also, once he himself encountered the enigmatic creature.

“It was like nothing I had ever seen before in my entire life, I knew I had to move, and the moment I did this thing roared,” Harrison said, calling the experience “life-changing. I thought I was going to die, but then it started running ahead of me and so I veered away from the forest tree line.”

Dean Harrison

In 2000, a film by Steve Piper recorded the enigmatic creature. The film became infamy among cryptid enthusiasts, similar to the Patterson-Gimlin film from the United States that purports to represent Bigfoot.

Is Yowie real or fictional? Is it possible that the tales of the past are true? Slocock Bennett, Fitzgerald, their coworkers, and several experts, proclaim that the creature exists.

Similar to other enigmatic creatures like Yeti or Bigfoot, the Yowie is believed to live in the dense forest away from human settlement.

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