Old Sheff

North American Ape of Kansas.

Physical description: Long arms. Large hands.

Behavior: Walks bipedally with a stooping gait. Also goes on all fours. Pulls down fences.

Distribution: Crawford County, Kansas.

Significant sighting: In August 1869, a threatening, gorilla-like animal terrorized the farmers of Crawford County, Kansas. People were unwilling to shoot it because it looked human.

Sources: St. Louis (Mo.) Democrat, August 15, 1869; Junction City (Kans.) Weekly Union, September 11, 1869; Loren Coleman, "Gorillas in the Midst," Fortean Times, no. 101 (August 1997): 44.

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