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Springwood Gazette Sydney Suburban
1st Oct 1980
by Rex Gilroy

SIR.- With further reply to, Mr. Apthorp (BMG 24.9.80), it would appear that he implies that I have wasted the past 23 years of my life researching the Yowle and various other strange Australian animals.

'While it is true that I was the first researcher to bring the Yowie to public attention throughout Australia, many other naturalists have since joined the search. Sightings reports gathered by me have come from a wide area of Australia's eastern mountain ranges, which appears to be the creature's habitat.

It seems unusual to me that people hundreds of miles apart could accurately describe various physical features independent of one another, all of which match. These in turn match the descriptions. given for many thousands of years by the aborigines.

If the Yowie never existed, how else then, were the aborigines able to describe, in every physical detail, a primate creature, long before white man colonised Australia and showed to them pictures in books of apes?

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It therefore seems to me that the aborigines were indeed aware of the existence of a secretive, herbivorous race of primate creatures.

Scientists in Russia, Britain and America who have examined footprint plaster casts, even hair samples and other remains of the Yowie, Yeti/ BigFoot now identify them as a race of "relict hominids" that evolved from the giant forest ape, Gigantopithecus, which roamed Asia a million years ago.

The ancestors of the Yowie / Yeti/ Bigfoot are believed to have migrated out into Canada and Australia across the former ice-age land-bridges that once linked the continents.

True, only physical evidence of any strange animal will ultimately convince the skeptic. It is for this very reason that researchers like myself continue to search the country. While thiere is definitely nothing living in Bedford Creek, a number of eyewitnesses have seem a striped animal identical to the "extinct" Tasmanian Tiger near Springwood and Blackheath.

As a conservationist it is my sole aim to prove the existence of any strange animal so that it may be given the sort of protection it deserves.

I do abhore the practice of "tourist gimmicks" such as certain tourist-conscious towns offering rewards for the Yowie or some other mystery beast's capture. Such practices lead to idiots with guns and dogs searching the countryside bent upon shooting the poor creatures for a quick reward.

These maniacs must be stopped. We must do all we can to ensure the preservation of our unique wildlife now, for tomorrow may be too late.

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