米TV局:豪の不思議な怪人の存在確認

Yowie statue in Kilcoy, QLD

 オーストラリア先住民の伝承怪物であるヨーウィーは、豪北部で存在検証するオーディオが入手したと米国テレビ局「アニマル・プラネット」関係者が28日付けで報道されている。
 ヨーウィーはヒマラヤのイエティや北米のビッグフット同様、巨大類人猿のような見た目である、独特な足持ちとされている。時には目撃者などが現れるが実際の存在を検証できる証拠が未だに発見していない。
 しかし、「アニマル・プラネット」の「ファインディング・ビッグフット(ビッグフットを捜せ)」という番組の取材チームはこのごろ「これほど質のいいオーディオを録音したことがないだ」と同番組のビッグフット・ハンタージェームズ・フェイ氏がいう。

Yowie chocolates

 ちなみに、日本ではヨーウィーの存在は全く知られていない訳でもない。実際の架空とされているヨーウィーの上に、チョコに囲まれているおもちゃのヤウイは昔市販で買えて、一時期人気あった可愛い商品だった。同物は、今でもオーストラリアでの販売が健全だ。

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Animal Planet TV crew capture audio they believe proves existence of yowies (有料サイトのため、記事を下記も掲載しています)

A US television crew has recorded what it believes is compelling audio evidence of the existence of yowies.

The four-member team from Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot series were on an expedition through remote forests spanning the Queensland and NSW border when they made the recordings.

Bigfoot Field Research Organisation member James “Bobo” Fay said that of the more than 20 expeditions conducted around the world by the TV team, this was “maybe the best one as far as audio recordings”.

While he was reluctant to give details ahead of presenting their evidence on the still-to-be-completed third season of the US show, Fay said that in two different locations they had activity that they had attributed to a yowie – the fabled ape-like creature of the Aussie bush.

“We got some really compelling audio,” he said.

“It is not a known species, I can tell you that. One of the details (convinces us) there is nothing else it could have been.”

Their discovery comes as scientists from Oxford University and Lausanne Museum of Zoology are preparing to use new DNA analysis techniques to determine whether creatures such as yowies, Bigfoot, sasquatches or yetis exist.

The European scientists have asked other scientists, museum curators and Bigfoot tracking groups to share samples thought to be from the mythical ape-like creature.

Bryan Sykes, of Oxford University, told the Associated Press the research group had already received offers of samples to test, including blood, hair and items supposedly chewed by Bigfoot.

Fay is still “stoked” with having captured the Australian yowie sound on tape.

“When at first we all heard it, we were like, ‘No way’,” he recalls.

“If you were in North America, you could have written off one of the compelling things we heard as being a large bear. But there are no large bears here.”

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