The agogwe (pronounced ah-gaw-gway) originates from the forests of East Africa, and much like the North American bigfoot or the yeti from the mountains of Asia and Europe, the agogwe is purported to be an ape-like biped. Unlike the Bigfoot or Yeti cryptids, the agogwe is said to be between 3 to 6 feet tall with long arms, long rust-colored woolly hair, and is said to have yellowish-red skin under its coat. It has also been reported as having black or grey hair. Its feet are said to be about 5 inches long with opposable toes. Alleged differences between it and regional apes include a rounded forehead, small canines, and its hair and skin color.
The first recorded sighting was in 1900 by Captain William Hichens who reported his experience in the December 1937 edition of Discovery magazine: “Some years ago I was sent on an official lion-hunt in this area (the Ussure and Simibit forests on the western side of the Wembare plains) and, while waiting in a forest glade for a man-eater, I saw two small, brown, furry creatures come from dense forest on one side of the glade and disappear into the thickets on the other. They were 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.”
Charles Cordier, a professional animal collector who worked for zoos and museums, followed the tracks of an agogwe in Zaire in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Once, said Cordier, an agogwe had become entangled in one of his bird snares. “It fell on its face,” said Cordier, “turned over, sat up, took the noose off its feet, and walked away before the nearby African could do anything”.
If the agogwe does indeed exist, it could be a surviving species of Gracile australopithecine, a bipedal primate known to science from approximately 2.5-4.5 million years ago. Australopithecine footprints did have a somewhat diverged toe (although far from opposable), but the overall height and the rest of the description fit. At any rate, the Australopithecine foot could conceivably have changed over several million years.
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