Yowie (or “Yowie-Whowie”) is the name for an alleged hominid reputed to lurk in the Australian wilderness. Many regard it as Australia’s cryptid version of the Himalayan Yeti and the North American Bigfoot/Sasquatch Bipeds. In Australia, there have been about 10,000 ‘reported’ sightings, so people are seeing something, if it’s the elusive Yowie or not is the question.
The Yowie is very comparable in nature and appearance to Bigfoot with thick black or brownish hair/fur covering the entire animal’s body. Witnesses and Yowie researchers say there are two varieties (species), a tall and short one. The tall Yowies are about 6 to 10 feet tall, and the shorter fully grown Yowies are 4 to 5 feet tall.
Unlike reports of the Himalayan Yeti and the North American Bigfoot/Sasquatch, Yowie’s have been seen running on all four legs at times according to witness accounts. Some Yowies have been reported to have immense and prominent fangs and they often have a strong odor of defecation and urination, although some folks often describe the smell as rotten eggs, strangely similar to the Florida’s skunk ape.
Accounts of Yowie-type creatures are widespread in the folklore and stories of Australian Aboriginal tribes, principally those of the eastern states of Australia. The mid to late 19th Century saw a wealth of yowie sightings, most recounting a big, gorilla-like creature, which dwelled in remote mountainous or forested regions.
Yowie sightings have continued to the present day with the trail of evidence following the pattern familiar to most unidentified hominids around the planet, eyewitness accounts, inexplicable footprints of hotly-disputed origin, and a lack of irrefutable proof.
Some recently alleged reported Yowie “incidents” claim that the death and maiming of common household pets, such as dogs and cats, are the result of Yowie attacks.