Creatures, Myths & Legends
The Yowie - could Australia's Bigfoot actually exist ?
By T.K. Randall
February 27, 2022 · 13 comments
Many people claim to have seen the creature. Image Credit: Steve Baxter / Pexels
Over the years there have been hundreds of sightings of a large bipedal ape-like creature in the Australian Outback.
Although encounters with large bipedal hominids are mostly associated with North America and the Himalayas, stories of such creatures have been reported for hundreds of years in countries all over the world including Russia, China and even Australia where it is known locally as the Yowie.
One witness - Queensland resident Dean Harrison - maintains that he had encountered such a creature in 1995 at his home on Mount Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland.
"In the darkness behind the swamp there was this noise, booming and guttural, it made my hair stand on end," he said during an interview with Australian news outlet 7NEWS.com.au
"On top of the noise, it was bipedal, (I) could hear it walking, trading through the swamp... then it starts to rip foliage out of the ground, and throw it through the air."
ABC North Coast radio host Gary Opit claims to have received dozens of calls from people with similar stories over the last 20 years.
"Generally, they encounter a gorilla-like animal, you could call it a very hairy man-like animal, but one that stands about 1.5-2m tall or larger," he said.
"They all describe a very powerful body, very muscular chest with the head perched on the shoulder a bit like a muscular footballer, with not much sign of a neck, and very powerful with muscular arms and powerful body, powerful legs."
So could there really be a new species of bipedal ape-like creature roaming Australia ?
The jury is certainly still out, but one thing is for sure - all these witnesses must be seeing something.
Exactly what that something might be, however, remains a topic of debate.
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