Salvaje

WlLDMAN of South America. Etymology: Spanish, "savage." Variant names: Achi (Tamanac/Carib), Con-erre, Paudacota yege.

Physical description: Height, 3 feet—5 feet 6 inches. Weight, 80-100 pounds. Reddish-colored body-hair. Large lips. Heels said to face forward.

Behavior: Can stand on its hind legs. Has a distinctive cry like a human's but no language. Strong odor. Eats fishes, meat, fruits, and roots. Said to kidnap and interbreed with women.

Habitat: Lives in the mountains, visits the rivers for food.

Distribution: Río Orinoco and Ventuari, Venezuela; western Arauca Department,

Colombia. The name is also used in Chiapas State, Mexico.

Possible explanation: The Yanoáma, a large group of Amazonian Indians that remained relatively untouched by modern civilization until the 1970s. They are noted for their aggressiveness and are known to abduct travelers and women of other tribes.

Sources: Juan Rivero, Historia de las misiones de los Llanos de Casanare y los Rios Orinoco y Meta [1728] (Bogotá: Editorial Argra, 1956), p. 15; Joseph Cassani, Historia de la Provincia de la Compañía de Jesús del Nuevo Reyno de Granada en América [1741] (Caracas: Academia Nacional de la Historia, 1967), p. 310; Joseph Gumilla, El Orinoco ilustrado y defindido [1745] (Caracas: Academia Nacional de la Historia, 1963), p. 308; Filippo Salvadore Gilii, Ensayo de historia americana [1784] (Caracas: Historia Colonial de Venezuela, 1965), pp. 222, 277; Ramón Bueno, Tratado histórico [1800] (Caracas: Academia Nacional de la Historia, 1965), p. 105; Alexander von Humboldt, Personal Narrative of a Journey to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent, during the Years 1799-1804 [1825] (New York: Penguin, 1995), pp. 207-208; Helena Valero, Yanoama: The Narrative ofa White Girl Kidnapped by Amazonian Indians (New York: Dutton, 1970); Marc E. W. Miller and Khryztian E. Miller, "Further Investigation into Loys's 'Ape' in Venezuela," Cryptozoology 10 (1991): 66-71; Fabio Picasso, "More on the Mono Grande Mystery," Strange Magazine, no. 9 (Spring-Summer 1992): 41, 53.

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