Two of the scariest Yowie sightings in Australia happened in a rural village located in Northern New South Wales. Close to the Queensland border, Woodenbong became the creature’s favorite’s spot in the 1970s.
It was late November in 1976, when now defunct Richmond St resident Thelma Crewe saw two hair covered ape-men walking across her lawn toward her house. According to a neighbor who remembers the story, Crewe was in the kitchen observing one of the creatures standing on the lawn for two or three minutes before it joined the other one, which was waiting by the bedroom, then she watched both walk away into the dark night.
“It was about 3 o’clock in the morning. She said it was like a big hairy thing, you know, like a big uh…man-made, man type of thing, big hairy monster type of thing,” the man explained to an Australian TV network on a 1993 video interview.
“The hair on their arms was about 15.3cm longer than on the rest of their bodies, and their heads seemed to be sunk into their shoulders. I was much too close to mistake it for anything, I’ve ever seen before. It isn’t possible to compare them with any other animal,” Crewe told Lismore Northern Star reporter Gary Buchanan.
In the summer of the next year, at 2.30 a.m, a woman was woken up to the sound of her dog crying. When she wondered outside to investigate, she found a big hairy beast standing on the lawn, holding her small dog with its huge hands. The unknown animal was apparently trying to crush the pet.
“The yelping was mixed in with high pitched screaming sound which could not have been made by the dog. At first I thought a dog might have been killing my Siamese cat. I jumped out of bed and race out onto the back verandah where I switched on the light. As the light was fitted with a strong 200 watt bulb it threw a good glow into the backyard,” she said. “It was sitting on its haunches and had my dog crushed up against its chest. The dog was almost completely covered by the creature’s arms which were wrapped around the dog, one above the other. It looked as though the creature was trying to crush the life out of her.”
Reportedly, the intruder was surprised by the homeowner and dropped the dog. “The creature then held its arms away from its body and slowly stood up. It then backed away from me towards the grape trellis, but it never took its eyes off me. It backed away to the left side of the post and wrapped its right arm around the trellis post. The creature stayed there for a few moments making these strange, deep grunting noises. The noises were very loud.”
The animal then ran away and disappeared. According to the witness, its arms were hung by the sides, and they were swinging but “not touching the ground” . It had a wide chest and the legs “seemed strong”. The face, she said, was very ape-like and its head was very small compared to the rest of the body. It had short hair on the top of the head and the rest of the body was hairless.
“The hair seemed to be very well groomed, and flowing like a girl’s would. The hair over all its body seemed to be pretty closely cropped except on the arms and over its shoulders The hair was dark brown with a greyish tinge.”
“I examined the dog after the creature had disappeared and found that it was bleeding from scratch wounds to the chest and back of the neck. I though the next day the dog was going to die. She could hardly walk, and if you moved her too much she would yelp. I also noticed that she was badly bruised on the chest. Also, her hair was very greasy to touch before she was washed.”
“Later, my daughter found three distinct footprints along the side of the house where the creature disappeared. These measured about 22cm long by 11cm wide. The five toe impressions were clearly defined and did not appear to have been made by a human foot. All the toe impressions appeared to be the same size and laid out in a half circle, rather than falling away from the big to the small toe.”
They also found hair samples which Buchanan later sent for analysis to B. Rigsby, Professor of Anthropology at Queensland University in Brisbane. The results were inconclusive.
Yowie, also known as quinkin, joogabinna or yahoo, is a creature present in the Aboriginal mythology that resembles the American Bigfoot.
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