The first recorded sighting by a European was in 1900 by a Captain William Hitchens but who didn’t report it until this December 1937 edition of Discovery magazine :
“Some years ago I was sent on an official lion hunt in this area,” to which he was referring the Ussure and Simibit forests on the western side of the Wembare plains, “while waiting in a forest glade for a man eater, I saw two small, brown, furry creatures come from the dense forest on one side of the glade and then disappear into the thicket on the other side. They where like little men, about 4 feet high, walking upright, but clad in russet hair. The native hunter with me gazed in mingled fear and amazement. They were, he said, Agogwe, the little furry men whom one does not see once in a lifetime,”
Captain Hichen’s story was criticised and ridiculed by some but then a British Officer Cuthbert Burgoyne wrote a letter to Discovery magazine in 1938 recounting his personal sighting of something similar in 1927 while travelling Portuguese East
“We were sufficiently near to land to see objects clearly with a glass of 12 magnifications. There was a sloping beach with light bush above upon which several dozen baboons where hunting for and picking up shell fish of crabs, to judge by their movements. Two pure white baboons were amongst them. These are very rare but I had heard of them previously. As we watched, two little brown men walked together out of the bush and down among the baboons. They where certainly not any known monkey and they must have been akin or they would have disturbed the baboons. They where to far away to see in detail, but these small human like animals where probably between 4 and 5 feet tall, quite upright and graceful in figure. At the time I was thrilled as they quite evidently no beast of which I had heard or read. Later a friend and big game hunter told me he was in Portuguese East Africa with his wife and three other hunters, and saw mother, father and child, of apparently similar animal species, walk across the further side of a bush clearing. The natives loudly forbade him to shoot.”
Then there was another report from a different area of
Other stories from several countries in the western part of the
Could these creatures be a relative of Homo Floresiensis? The descriptions are similar and as there have been no recent sightings, they could also now be extinct. Maybe someone will find some bones that will confirm their existence one day. It would also back the case for Homo Floresiensis , as I believe there is still dispute over the find in some scientific circles.
Sanderson, Ivan T. Abominable Snowmen: Legend Comes to Life.