Wildm AN of West Asia.

Etymology: Possibly Azerbaijani (Turkic), "wild man."

Variant names: Biaban-guli, Kulieybani, Vol'-moshin' (for the female).

Behavior: In the summer, catches fishes, crustaceans, and frogs in the rivers. Approaches villages in the autumn to raid vegetable gardens. Distribution: Talysh Mountains, Azerbaijan. Significant sightings: One evening in the 1890s, noted zoologist K. A. Satunin watched a female Biaban-guli cross a clearing in the Talysh Mountains, Azerbaijan.

In the summer of 1947, a soldier in the Azerbaijani militia named Ramazan was walking home at night when a shaggy wildman attacked him and dragged him to the foot of a nearby tree, where a female was waiting. The two creatures examined his face and clothes, then seemed to get into a gutteral argument and shoving match. Near dawn, they left him alone.

Sources: Konstantin A. Satunin, "Biabanguli," Priroda i Okhota, no. 7 (1899): 28-35; Odette Tchernine, The Yeti (London: Neville Spearman, 1970), pp. 22, 179; Bernard Heuvelmans and Boris F. Porshnev, L'homme de NĂ©anderthal est toujours vivant (Paris: Plon, 1974), pp. 162-164.

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