Yeho

Wildman of the West Indies.

Etymology: Probably of African origin, perhaps from the Aja-Gbe (Niger-Congo) yahue or the Kambari (Niger-Congo) yoho, both of which mean "devil." See also Yahoo.

Variant names: Whahoo, Yahoo, Yay-hoo.

Physical description: Covered with hair. Bearlike claws. Feet said to point backward.

Behavior: Nocturnal. Mates with women and produces hairy babies.

Distribution: Fresh Creek on Andros Island; Long Island, Bahamas.

Possible explanation: Folk memories of the Lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) among Baha-manians of African origin.

Sources: John Gardiner, "Alligators in the Bahamas," Science 8 (1886): 369; Daniel J. Crowley, I Could Talk Old-Story Good (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1966), p. 18; Michel Raynal, "Yahoos in the Bahamas," Cryptozoology 4 (1985): 106; Tony Healy and Paul Cropper, Out of the Shadows: Mystery Animals of Australia (Chippendale, N.S.W., Australia: Ironbark, 1994), p. 156.

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