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The Yowie is an imagined mysterious human-like creature that features in Australian folklore; it is analogous to the Himalayan Yeti and the North American Bigfoot.

In the early 19th century Aborigines often warned British settlers to beware of huge, ape-like creatures that lurked in the rugged mountains and deep forests of the island continent. Their people, they said, had been encountering the hairy horrors since time immemorial. They knew them by many names, including doolagarl, thoolagarl, jurrawarra and tjangara.

Soon the colonists, too, began to report hair-raising encounters with the elusive, foul-smelling giants, which they referred to as “Australian apes” or “youries”. Today, they are generally referred to as yowies.

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