Nanango, Queensland 1938
Event: Yowie Encounter
Date: Summer 1938/39
Terrain: Heavy vine scrub backing onto thick forest
Clyde Shepherdson: My mate and I used to go hunting "red back scrub wallaby" quite often. This particular day, it was cloudy and damp, but whenever we went into the scrub after the wallaby, we knew we had to be quiet, as a broken twig would scare them off, and we wouldn't see anything all day.
Well we had got about 2 miles into the scrub, and it would have been just after lunch, as the sun was high, and we had full sunlight, as it came through the clouds. There were lots of vines, and we had to bend them down to get through them.
Well we parted these vines, and there it was, this big yellow thing (a rusty yellow - sort of like a camel), standing up by a tree. As it sensed us, it put its two arms up above it's head and growled/snarled at us. It's palms were facing toward us, and the hands were all bent, like it was about to reach out and claw us. We were about 20 feet away from it. The hands were a dark skin, hairless.
It would have been 6 foot tall or more, very broad across the shoulders, and fairly wide hairy legs. The hair was fur like, and fairly rough looking. It had a broad forehead, and a flat nose, the skin was darker on the face, but no hair, sort of like a stone-age man.
It was definitely more shaped like a person, just a lot broader across the shoulders, and very muscled. It had a short neck., and big ears were sticking out through the hair. The hair on its head was scruffy, but the same length all over it's body.
We slowly edged into the bush sideways always keeping an eye on it. It followed us with its eyes, slowly moving around the tree, it's arms were still above it's head. Once we were back into the bush away, and could only just see it, it dropped it's arms and disappeared behind the tree. We turned and ran to the edge of the scrub.
**Clyde wanted to tell us of this encounter before he died, as he had told nobody besides his wife in almost 60 years. Sadly Clyde has now passed - you can hear him tell this story in our Audio Section**
© Copyright AYR
Australian Yowie Research - Data Base