Generally classed as a not-so-distant relative of the yeti, bigfoot, sasquatch, and the abominable snowman, the yowie is a creature that continues to be sighted throughout Australia. But what does it really look like? Where is the best place to find it? And is there a government conspiracy to cover up its existence?
What follows is a tongue-in-cheek profile of the beast which I hope answers these questions, and which probably shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Unless, of course, you really want to…
Anatomy and Appearance:
Despite its fearsome reputation, sightings by early European settlers actually placed the yowie at a diminutive 5 feet. Nowadays, they range anywhere from 2 to 3.5 metres tall -possibly due to the introduction of the metric system. As well as being extremely hairy, they have large feet that appear to be placed backwards on the end of the leg, and extra long arms for reaching into houses and stealing vegemite.
Despite the best efforts of cryptozoologists, photographic and video evidence has been scarce and unreliable. Steve Piper’s video from the Brindabella Ranges in New South Wales offers the best view of one in action, but is contested as a hoax.
Photos are even more hard to come by. However, the Yowie statue in Kilcoy, Queensland is, reputedly, anatomically correct.