From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
m high Manbeast
One day in 1924,
a Mr David Squires was kangaroo shooting in an area of open to thickly
timbered country west of Dubbo. Having shot one big 'roo' on this particular
afternoon, he was in the process of skinning it when, suddenly he became
aware that he was not alone.
Glancing up he was shocked
to see, standing 10 metres away beside a tree, and with one huge hand
resting upon it, a two legged male creature a good 2.6 m in height.
At first he thought it must be someone who had "gone wild when
he was younger", but the hominid's height soon dispelled that notion.
The manbeast appeared to
be in splendid physical condition, and was covered with a thick coating
of bluish-grey, coarse-looking curly hair about 8cm long. The body,
arms, legs, hands and feet were in proportion to its height, as were
the neck and head. Recovering his senses, Mr
Squires slowly reached for his rifle, checked that it was loaded and
the magazine full, and placing it beside him resumed skinning the 'roo'.
"I finished that job
with one eye while the other was watching the Big Bloke", he said
later. The creature had so far made
no move nor sound, and continued watching Mr Squires for the next 10
minutes, staring inquisitively at him with large, grey-blue eyes, which
he noticed, were set in facial features half-human, half-apelike. Then
reaching up the tree trunk as far as it could, it scratched it in several
places, before turning and walking slowly off into the scrub.
"I was tempted to drop
it with the rifle just to see it I, or someone else could tell what
it actually was; but I refrained from doing so, when I recalled how
easily it could have killed me without a chance to defend myself",
he told friends later. The next day, together with
police, black trackers and other bushmen, he returned to the scene to
try and track it.
Yet although the men searched an area of a couple
of kilometres of the surrounding bushland, they found nothing, mainly
because heavy rain the previous night had completely erased any signs
of the mystery manbeast. When measured with a carpenter's
tape, the distance from ground level to the top of the highest scratches
made in the tree trunk by the creature, was a full 4.3 metres!