31 Days of Halloween Day 11: Yowie, the Australian Bigfoot

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Only 20 days until Halloween!

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If you think Bigfoot is a purely North American phenomena, you’re sorely mistaken. It’s easy to draw parallels between Bigfoot or Sasquatch and Yeti in Asia. Both play into the wild man archetype that’s present in many cultures, or tales of hairy and usually highly strong and elusive men or ape-like creatures that pose a serious threat. Early stories of Bigfoot often focused on the creature’s supposedly aggressive nature as it carried hapless campers away in their sleeping bag. Today, most sightings and stories portray the bipedal as being scared of humans and extremely difficult to photograph.

In Australia, they have Yowie. The ape-like creature has many names, including Yahoo, Hairy Man, Dulugal and the Aussie Gorilla. Touching off the Yowie craze was the first report by Charles Harper and published in the Sydney Sun. Harper was a surveyor in New South Wales and worked in the coastal mountain ranges. He disclosed that quite a few men who didn’t seem crazy told him they’d seen Yowie from not that far away. Apparently, the creature looked and sounded scary enough to cause these men to run away from the area, leaving their tools and supplies, as well as their job.

The story in the Sydney Sun also included an encounter Harper had with Yowie. He was deep in the wilderness with other men and dogs, yet one night the strange creature showed up not too far from a lit fire and made aggressive moves. Harper described the things as being bigger than an average man, and making growling noises. He claimed that Yowie had long arms, a hairy body and a face that was human-like, except for the huge canine fangs that protruded out of its mouth.

As is the case with Bigfoot and Yeti, theories about what Yowie is are all over the place. Some think it’s the missing link, while others believe it’s an undocumented ape. Perhaps one of the wildest theories is that Yowie is an alien or being from another dimension and has the capability of slipping out of our reality in a moment, which is why it’s so elusive. That’s a pretty unsettling thought if you entertain it long enough.

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