Just because you've never seen a yowie or a bunyip it doesn't mean they're
not out there.
The Blue Mountains, for instance, is a "hot spot" for yowies,
according to retired surveyor and amateur cryptozoologist Tony Healy.
And to prove it, he'll be presenting his case - and the cast of a yowie
footprint - at the inaugural Myths and Monsters conference in Sydney today.
He's not alone, though, in his belief that these "monsters" are more than mere myths. The conference will feature speakers covering
subjects such as the elusive Wildmen of South-East Asia, the Tasmanian
devil, Australia's big cat mystery and much more on the hominoid otherwise
known as the yowie, the yahoo or the doolagarl.
The conference, being
held at History House in Macquarie Street from 9am to 6pm, is the brainchild
of Sydney ghost hunter Ruby Lang, who has had a lifelong interest in the
unexplained: "I like to think I have an open mind, but not so open
that my brain's falling out."
"Gathering the cream
of Australia's cryptozoology crop under one roof, she says, is an opportunity
to discuss Australia's cultural heritage, whether the creatures exist
There are so
many stories about these creatures," she says, "that you can't
dismiss them all. So many people claim to have had experiences or seen
them - and they are quite reputable as witnesses - that you have to ask
the question, what is it that they saw?
They can't all be hallucinating."Mr Healy, who has
roamed the world in his search for "hidden animals" and is now
writing a book called The Yowie File, says the case for the existence
of yowies is pretty strong.He even he has a good
idea what they look like: "They are generally described as being
covered with hair, very tall - the average size is about seven foot six
inches [2.28 metres] - with hugely broad shoulders and no neck. The head
is said to look quite small compared to the rest of it, and it has arms
that reach down to its knees. "In about 10 per cent of cases there
is also a striking miasma of stench."
© Sydney Morning
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