An Australian ‘Yowie hunter’ claims to have discovered a foul-smelling hair sample belonging to the mythical beast on a rural mountain range.
Yowie researcher David Taylor, 49, was exploring bushland north of Mackay in Queensland, on Sunday, when he spotted hair tangled on a barbed wire fence.
Mr Taylor, who claims to have crossed paths with one of the apelike creatures in 2010, said the thick strands of hair had a distinct odour of ‘rotten meat’.
Yowie researcher David Taylor, 49 (pictured), was exploring bushland north of Mackay in Queensland, on Sunday, when he spotted hair tangled on a barbed wire fence
Mr Taylor sent the hair sample to an expert to see if they can rule out the possibility that it came from any native wildlife, and in turn prove the elusive monster walks among us
Otherwise known as Australia’s answer to the North American sasquatch, the Yowie can be traced back to Aboriginal oral history in the 1800s.
Mr Taylor sent the sample to an expert to see if they can rule out the possibility that it came from any native wildlife, and in turn prove the elusive monster walks among us.
‘We were in a stretch of national park where we get a lot of tip-offs when we spotted the damage to the fence,’ the researcher said.
‘The wires had been snapped and twisted like nothing I’d ever seen, whatever did it was huge.
‘We collected some hair hanging from it that smelled very strongly of rotten meat crossed with urine, which I remembered from previous expeditions.
‘A few people online said it’s from a wild animal, but the way the fence was twisted would have killed an animal and it didn’t match up to anything that lives in that area.’
David claims he was a sceptic until the fateful day he encountered the bush-dwelling beast in national park on the Sunshine Coast.
While stopping to navigate his path, he spotted a half-human, half-ape figure lunging over the trail at high speeds.
Mr Taylor said he found the stands of hair tangled on a barbed wire fence (pictured) in bushland north of Mackay
Mr Taylor said the wires (pictured) had been snapped and twisted like nothing he’d ever seen
Days later, members from the research group, Australian Yowie Research, reported a footprint in the same place as the sighting.
Since then, David has made it his mission to prove the existence of the humanoid creature – and he believes the fresh evidence will prove fruitful in the search.
Mr Taylor said: ‘I’ll always remember the moment I got a sense of something that day, and looked up.
‘Halfway down the track, there it was coming out of the bush. It walked like a human but it had no clothes and was covered in hair.
‘It took about three steps – the first one into the middle of the road, second into the bush, then third it was gone, just like that.
Mr Taylor said the hair smelled very strongly of rotten meat crossed with urine, which he remembered from previous expeditions
Mr Taylor has made it his mission to prove the existence of the humanoid creature – and he believes the fresh evidence will prove fruitful in the search
‘I’m sending the fresh sample to be tested on the Sunshine Coast, which will take about 21 days for results.
‘If it’s anything like previous times, it will be inconclusive and won’t match up to any animals.’
But experts are less convinced, noting it was ‘extremely unlikely’ the legendary creature exists.
University of the Sunshine Coast wildlife ecology lecturer Scott Burnett said: ‘I’m unable to comment on the authenticity of the report.
‘There are a number of bona fide hair identification services so, provided that they send the hair to one of these recognised experts the report that they get back should be reliable.
‘But from an ecological point of view, it is extremely unlikely that Yowies exist,’ Mr Burnett said.
Mr Taylor has previously found footprints (pictured) believed to be from an ‘Australian bigfoot’