If you believe in Sasquatch, you’re certainly not alone. Although there is little scientific evidence that supports the existence of the alleged forest-dweller, the presence of ‘man-apes’ have been reported across the globe. Here are a few of ‘Squatch’s international counterparts ― or foreign cousins, if you will.
Sightings of this furry hominid (whose name is Mongolian for ‘wild man’) have been reported throughout Russia and Central Asia as far back as the 15th century. In 1850, a woman named Zana ― believed to be an Almas ― was captured in what is now the Republic of Abkhazia and held captive for several years; accounts revealed that she was later “domesticated”. Another alleged Almas was seized in the Caucuses by the Russian Red Army in 1941, and later met an unfortunate end when he was shot as a German spy.
This menacing creature has been known to terrorize the village communities near Mount Kanlaon in the Philippines. On consecutive nights in June 2008, two men were attacked by an ape-like “hairy creature with long nails”. Amomongo has also been blamed for numerous chicken and goat slaughterings in the area. Local authorities have advised residents to be on the look-out for this beast, adding that they should remain extra vigilant when the sun goes down.
This creature has been spotted in forests and woodlands throughout Japan, particularly the remote, mountainous areas outside Hiroshima. Hibagon is thought to reach a height of roughly five feet and weigh between 180 and 200 pounds. According to legend, it also smells like “rotting bodies” ― but since a ‘photograph’ of the animal hasn’t been snapped since the 1970s, it’s possible that its personal hygiene has improved since then.
Arguably the most elusive of the world’s man apes, the only sightings of this creature were reported in the Northwest Territories of Canada between April and June 1964. Several eyewitnesses described the Nuk-Luk as a tall, brawny creature with a long beard ― which, for the record, sounds like a lot of men who live in the Northwest Territories. One of the witnesses claimed Nuk-Luk was brandishing a large club, suggesting the creature was prone to violence; some researchers believe the beast may have been responsible for a handful of gold prospectors whose headless bodies were discovered in the region between 1906 and 1915.
Orang Pendek & Orang Mawas
Reported in Indonesia and Malaysia, respectively, the Orang Pendek and Orang Mawas are quite likely the same creature. Both have been sighted numerous times in the last 100 years, and eyewitness accounts of each animal have generated similar descriptions: tall, furry, and bipedal, with an appetite for fresh fish and a strong resemblance to the sun bear. Skeletal remains have been recovered, though subsequent dating has revealed that the specimens are thousands of years old, suggesting the bones belonged to one of our Hominid ancestors.
Also known as the Florida Bigfoot, the Skunk Ape is the American South’s equivalent of Sasquatch ― which is to say, a lot of people think he (or she) is out there but substantial proof has thus far eluded the scientific community. The creature is said to emit a foul odor, which has led some to refer to it as the ‘Stink Ape’. Numerous sightings have been reported since the 1970s, but the only photographic evidence was snapped in 2000 when a woman in Sarasota County reported a large, ape-like creature in her backyard (she later admitted the animal was probably an escaped orangutan). In 2006, a mysterious creature (which may or may not have been a Skunk Ape) was blamed for the deaths of several pets in Tennessee’s Campbell County.
Also known as the ‘Chinese Wildman’, the Yeren is believed to inhabit the forests of Hubei Province. Most sightings indicate the creature is covered with red fur, although ‘white Yeren’ have also been reported, and witness accounts place the animal’s height anywhere from six to 10 feet. Unlike other man apes, the Yeren is said to be peaceful in nature, and typically ignores humans it encounters in the woods.
The Yeti (or ‘Abominable Snowman’) is thought to inhabit the icy Himalayan range of Nepal and Tibet. Sightings of a “tall, bipedal creature” have been reported in the region since the 1830s. Photographer N.A. Tombazi and The Long Walk author Sławomir Rawicz are among those who claim to have spotted the Yeti with their own eyes, while Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay found some rather large footprints during their famous climb of Mount Everest. In 2012, three separate Yeti sightings were reported in Siberia.
The Australian Outback is one of the uninhabitable regions of the world, but apparently it’s not too harsh for the Yowie. A staple of Aboriginal folklore, the creature is said to be somewhat shy, yet also prone to outbursts of savage rage when threatened. Numerous sightings have been reported over the years, and not always in the Outback; in 2010, a Canberra homeowner named Matthew Jones told police he spotted a Yowie in his garage.
The truth is out there, people. Never forget that.