Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Yowie Spotter Says We Must Save Them

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Yowie Spotter Says We Must Save Them

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TONY Duffy's claim to have met yowies puts him in surprisingly good company.

Former Queensland senator Bill O'Chee was one of more than a dozen people, including fellow high school students and teachers, who claimed to have seen such a creature at a Springbrook camp site in 1977.

It was, Mr O'Chee said "an immensely powerful creature" and he later told a documentary interviewer: "Basically we saw a yowie, but we didn't know what they were at the time.

"We saw a sort of hairy, ape-like thing that probably would have stood about eight feet tall," he said.

Mr Duffy said he was camped in the bush, north-east of Gympie late one night, when "a very large male approached me".

"I got a fright and so did he," he said.

The creature seemed human, but larger and spoke in a human-sounding language, which he thinks may have been Latin.

"He was quickly able to learn a few words in English and we spoke for about two hours," the Kybong resident said.

"They're very intelligent."

But he says they are in danger.

"They build meagre shelters in the forest which are often destroyed by humans," he said.

"The EPA won't respond to my calls."

The next night, Mr Duffy's campsite visitor returned, this time "with his wife and daughter".

"My whole mission is to protect them and to convince people to leave them alone and not hurt them.

"In the last 12 months I have had close contact with yowies on at least seven occasions.

"These creatures must be protected and respected.

"Yowies are clearly 'the missing link' that scientists have looked for decades. I believe they are the greatest discovery in the history of natural science.

"They are very peaceful creatures and love their partners and their children dearly."

Yowie sightings

THE Gympie region's most recent documented yowie sighting is from an anonymous Wolvi resident.

He is described as a male, 40, who lived on a small rural block who reports being woken at 2.30am on September 19, 2012, by his dogs "going ballistic".

Letting his dogs out, he was confronted by "a man-like figure," heavy set and smelling "like rotten eggs". …

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