1995 - Out of the Shadows (Book) Article
Article from 'Out of the Shadows', by Tony Healy and Paul Cropper, 1995.
Since the mid 1950's the Canadian investigator, John Green, has collected and rigorously analysed over 2000 Sasquatch reports. In his definitive work Sasquatch-The apes Among Us, he has provided us with a composite description of the sasquatch distilled from hundreds of reports spread over 150 years.
Strong similarities between the ' average' sasquatch and the 'average' yowie are readily apparent-but first the differences.
Height: in the somewhat remote event of a sasquatch/yowie basketball game the Aussies would proberly receive a hammering from the Yanks.
While yowie height estimates average out at 7 feet 1 inch (2.16 metres), the 'average' sasquatch tops 7 feet 6 inches (2.29 metres).
Hair Length: the bulk of sasquatch witnesses describe them as being covered with usually straight hair which is 'short' to 'medium' in length- perhaps 4 inches (10 centimetres) on average.
Working from our admittedly much smaller statistical base, we have counted a proportionately larger number of references to creatures being covered with' long' hair. We therefore tend to view that the 'average' yowie may be somewhat shaggier than the 'average' sasquatch.
Hands: the few hand prints which have been found, plus indian carvings and the testimony of a small number of close observers, indicate that the sasquatch's hands are basically human-shaped but with a thumb that is less opposable and not always employed in grasping objects.
Their hands, then appear to be radically different from the yowie hand prints with the opposable 'second thumb' reported by Jephcott in 1912.
The talon-like nails sometimes referred to in yowie reports are very rarely mentioned in accounts of sasquatch sightings.
Tracks: in North America track finds are almost as common as actual sighting reports. Despite many undeniable hoaxes, hundreds of clear, unambiguous tracks, often found in extremely remote areas over a hundred years and more, have been examined, cast or photographed by competent witnesses: police, anthropologists, professional animal trappers, etc.
In Australia, as we have seen, track finds are very rare and of dubious value.
The much greater incidence of snow and the much higher rainfall, and hence softer ground, in sasquatch stomping grounds could go way to explaining this great disparity. It does, however, still seem rather strange.
Build: like the yowie, the sasquatch has almost always been described as being of 'heavy' or 'very heavy ' build.
Hair Colour: most sasquatch's ( 79 percent) like most yowies (72 percent) are said to be black to brown in colour. A minority of both types are white, grey or reddish.
Posture: like the yowie, the sasquatch is always said to be bipedal although often somewhat stooped. A small minority of reports mention knuckle-walking.
Tails: as with the yowie, tails are never mentioned.
Arms: like the yowie, the sasquatch is usually said to have arms extending to at least mid-thigh and often to below the knee.
Legs: both creatures are usually said to have long, straight legs, as against the short, bandy legs of a gorilla.
Neck: the sasquatch's neck, when mentioned, like the neck ok Kos Guines' yowie and nearly all others, is said to be very short or non-existent.
Head: like the yowie, the sasquatch is almost said to have a sloping forehead and a flat face.Ears are seldom mentioned. The skin is usually dark but occasionally light.
Like that of the Kos Guines beast, heads are sometimes described as dome-shaped. As with the yowie, long canine teeth are reported on rare occasions.
Sex: as with gorillas, the sexual organs of male sasquatches are not very prominent and the breasts of females are apparently almost unnoticeable unless they are nursing.In only 25 cases out of 1050 were the creatures identified as females. As in Australia, creatures not obviously females are generally assumed to be males.
Smell: an overpoweringly foul ordour is reported in 5.6 per cent of North American cases; almost exactly what our yowiee statistics suggest.
Feet: ironically, although we have listed the sheer number of track finds as a point of difference between the North American and Australian legends, both the sasquatch and yowie have a ' problem ' with their feet which could be listed here as a point of similarity.
As previously mentioned, the physical description of the yowie in our hundred or so reports is fairly consistent-but only down to ankle level. Few people have observed the feet, and track finds vary wildly from three to four to five or even more toes.
the great majority of sasquatch tracks are pretty consistent: like huge, flat human feet with five toes and often an extra crease in the ball of the foot. A sizeable minority of track finds, however, sometimes discovered after quite convincing eyewitness reports, consist of weirdly-shaped three and four-toed footprints.
John Green and other veteran sasquatch hunters have always been rather nonplussed by these ' wierd' tracks - which are virtually the only blot on the otherwise near-perfect composite sketch of the sasquatch and yowie.
Behaviour: like the yowies, nearly all sasquatches are said to shy away from humans, although some approach with apparent curiosity. Signs of aggression are rare, although as in Australia, stone throwing has been reported and people have occasionally gone missing in very strange circumstancesa in sasquatch hot-spots.
The vast majority of sasquatches appear to be solitary; only 5.4 percent of reports involve more than one individual, and sighting of more than two at a time are extremely rare - roughly the same as the Australian pattern.
Like the yowies, the sasquatches appear to be ominivoroyus; they have been seen nibbling on everything from tiny new leaves to fish, garbage and dead deer.
Because their eyes, like those of the yowie, are said to reflect headlight beams, it is often assumed the creatures are largely nocturnal.
Reactions of other animals: one possible significant element which crops up repeatedly in apeman reports in both North America and Australia is the extreme fear reaction of other animals- particulary dogs.
In both continents there are many stories of normally fierce dogs whining and clawing to get inside houses or tents when the hairy giants appear. There are several stories, also. of horses either driven to hysteria or reduced to a catatonic state by the proximity of the creatures.
Elusiveness and invulnerability: while every other animal in North America has been shot, dissected, stuffed, eaten, studied, farmed or otherwise harassed, the sasquatch shares with the yowie the ability to evade capture year after year, decade after decade.
As in Australia there are several very old, unprovable stories of hairy giants being killed or carcases found. But in the modern era at least, the sasquatch, like the yowie, appears to be bulletproof.
John has recorded over 80 cases of the creatures being blasted by everything from .22s to 30.06s. Some fall down for a moment but don't oblige by staying down. Most like Kos Guines' yowie, just ' keep on truckin'.
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