Originally posted by Kandinsky
My greatest intrigue regarding sasquatch/ bigfoot is that they simply can't exist in N America (logically). No way. Then where do the witness
accounts come from? They can't all be hoaxes surely? Very puzzling subject...
This is appears a logical enough supposition, although the same may be said of Australia, perhaps even more so, yet I have heard an account of an
encounter with the Yowie of New South Wales that I believe.
So where does that leave us?
Is it possible that the Mapinguary of Brazil and the Amazon Basin migrated North to Sasquatch territory just as man migrated in ancient times?
Isolated as Australia is and home to no primates (except Humans!) it only has indigenous Marsupials however the story of the Yowie or the Yahoo(!)
stems from the earliest Aboriginal folklore.
I had such a story related to me although it consists of the "friend of a friend" variety in that it happened to a colleague of a ranger that was
tracking for my team in the Queensland Rainforest.
Now, this guy was a no-nonsense kind of guy, he'd been a soldier (special forces!) and was regularly at the forefront of attacking the drug growers
in the jungle, abseiling in and living off his wits to destroy irrigation encampments and drug fields carved from the rainforest. I have no reason to
doubt his honesty in the face of everything else I know about him. He was cool under any circumstance; while tracking though dense forest, he turned
about and casually asked us to have a look at his eye, "Cos I think I've got a leech in there...". Sure enough, a leech had attached itself to his
eyeball socket and we had to carefully extract it.
He told a tale of another ranger camped on a shale embankment in the forests of New South Wales. Sitting at the campfire alone , the ranger noticed
his dog acting up as if someone was approaching. The ranger tried to calm his dog and took up a ready stance. At this stage the dog became extremely
agitated and barked furiously at the opposite shore, splashing into the low water. The dog's agitation was one of fear rather than protection and
the ranger became aware of the cracking of branches and undergrowth from the facing embankment. It crashed through the trees getting closer, reached
the treeline and waited, the ranger with his shotgun ready, the dog barking.
The whole night was spent on guard feeding the fire but when morning came he investigated the scene and found the branches and vines pushed back as if
a giant immensely strong person had waded through the thick of it. No visual "sighting" evidence, no clues as such - but - if you've ever been in
the rainforests of Australia you'll know that there is nothing that does that kind of damage. People don't just wander around in there, 5 days trek
into the canopy, it just doesn't happen. Something was in there, something big and something strong - certainly not a "man f*cking about".
Take that as a campfire story if you will, but I have always believed it. Hell, I've seen an Aborigine pull fish after fish from a river using a
piece if string and a fashioned hook while we hooked nothing with our fancy rods and lines, an Aborigine walking barefoot over razor sharp flints
while our expensive gortex hiking boots were ripped to shreds, I've seen a chap climb almost vertical inclines with a heavy canvas (i.e. a tarpaulin)
bedding roll slung over his shoulder, jumping up like a mountain goat while we, trained and fit as we were, wheezed behind with our lightweight
rucksacks and gear.
I'm open minded about what it can be, that place is full of surprises if you look for them and maybe the Yowie is just always out of sight.
[edit on 17-5-2009 by SugarCube]