Three men have recalled how they were 'filled with fear' after a reported yowie sighting in a rural Queensland town.
For those uninitiated, a yowie is a cryptid-style creature that allegedly lives in the Australian outback.
The creature, which has its roots in Aboriginal lore, is usually described as a hairy, ape-like creature, that bounces between being timid or shy and aggressive or violent. Same girl, same.
The three men told the Courier Mail they were driving home inland from the Sunshine Coast when they reportedly came across the yowie, filling them with 'utter disbelief'.
The incident occurred last weekend on the way back to the Jimna Base Camp.
The men saw a 'slouched over figure' standing under a street light, and initially thought it was something completely different.
"We initially thought it was a boar or a really big animal until we got closer and saw it run off in a very apelike way," said one of the workers, Seamus FitzGerald.
They reported seeing it stand up and turn to look at them and said it had 'very long arms' and an 'ape-like face'.
I didn't have yowie on my 2021 bingo card, but honestly, it doesn't shock me that this year would end with a cryptid sighting.
The yowie was covered in dark reddish hair and FitzGerald, who said he didn't previously believe in the mythological, said it really shook him up.
"I've never really had a paranormal or strange experience like that before," he said.
"I hardly slept that night and the feeling was overwhelming that I had seen something that I never believed in previously."
His colleague, Stirling Slocock-Bennett, said the group were in 'utter disbelief'.
"It definitely was a scary moment for me, as I said I was so confused and shook of what we were seeing, and as we got closer and closer it didn't make sense like you'd hope," he said.
Yowies have been spotted before in Jimna, with sightings reported in bushland at the edge of town.
"We went on a few hikes after to see it, but sadly they weren't organised very well, too many people and too loud," Slocock-Bennett said.
"However after speaking to locals it seems the yowies are pushed out in storms."
The idea of a group of rowdy locals bashing through the bush to find a shy/timid/violent/aggressive cryptid is fantastic and I want that movie please.
FitzGerald said he and his mates are now much more interested in the yowie and will be looking into the creature further.
"I'm very intrigued to find out what other people have seen and experienced," he said.
A brief Google tells me there are already several groups dedicated to yowie research and exploration, so I say these people all need to partner up and we need a reality show dedicated to the search.Featured Image Credit: Alamy