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Mammal, Primate, Ape, Proto-pygmy
Rainforest-dwelling, Mountain-dwelling, Savannah-dwelling, Desert-dwelling
Omnivore, Out-of-place, Featured in Native folklore, Prints casted
The Junjudee, also called the Wakki, Njimbin, Brown Jack and the net-net is a small bipedal ape occasionally reported in Australia. It is described as being about 3 to 5 ft in height, muscular, and is sometimes reported to have longer hair on its head than the rest of its body. They’re usually described as having long limbs, but with their arms and legs being about the same length. Unlike the yowie, which they’re often lumped in together, junjudees are almost always seen walking bipedally. In Aboriginal folklore, Junjudees are usually depicted as either mischievous and playing pranks or being outwardly malicious, like attempting to kill people or kidnap children. In Aboriginal folklore, junjudees are intelligent, comparable to a human, but do not use advanced tools, fire or any complex language. They are occasionally seen in groups.
In 1979, 4 teenagers were exploring the area around an abandoned mine when a three-foot tall bipedal primate jumped up from a rock and started screaming and throwing rocks at them. One of the rocks even damaged the car they were using. In the 1960s, a man reported he had seen Junjadees in the woods several times while logging in the Great Dividing Range west of Tully, Queensland. One night, he and his brother were sleeping in a bush hut in the Kirrama Range when a little, hairy man entered and attacked them. They wrestled with it until it broke free and escaped by jumping out the window.
In early 1982, Cpl J. Webster was on a gruelling multiple-day military training operation into the tropical rainforest north of Tully, Queensland in the Cape York Peninsula. As he was following ancient Aboriginal paths through the forest, he came across a rectangular mat, only 3x3 ft in size, made out of calamus leaves, seemingly chewed apart instead of cut by a sharp object. One party member, archeologist Dr. John Campbell said “If I were anywhere but here in Australia, I would have to say that was a primate nest.” Cpl. Webster actually had a second, more interesting sighting 3 years later on July 23rd, 1985 near Downey Creek in Cape Palmerston National Park. When he and 9 other soldiers were camping only about 50 ft from a trail in the jungle, they claimed to have seen a strange creature “Not animal or man”, rubbing itself on a tree. When the creature noticed the party, it stood up on its hind legs, stared at them for a couple of seconds, then walked into the bush. It was at most, 5 ft tall, very wide, covered in hair, had small eyes and a large mouth.
In 1985, 10 year old Adam Bennett, four other boys and a teacher were sharing a cabin in Royal National Park, just off Port Hacking south of Yowie Bay at an Anglican Youth Department. Suddenly, in the middle of the night, they were awoken by various screams and throaty growls. As they stepped out of the cabin, the noises got louder, but they reluctantly looked around the bush. Suddenly, Bennett shone his flashlight at a creature only 10 ft away. The creature was covered in long, brown hair, had a large head, flat face, wide nose, round ears and large, red eyes. Suddenly, the creature screamed, and they ran away back to their cabin.
In May of 2015, an anonymous Aboriginal woman was camping in Trephina creek, about 100 kilometres north of Alice Springs. At 5:30 in the morning, she woke up and walked around in the outback. She then heard a noise coming from the mouth of the Trephina Creek, which she ignored. After this, she started a fire and made breakfast. In the firelight and morning sun, she could make out a 3 ft tall humanoid creature that smelled like a “badly kept public toilet”. She put the flashlight on the creature and it was an animal with a gorilla-like face, was covered in black hair, protruding canine teeth and had long arms. The animal then muttered gibberish noises, and then it ran away while doing a high pitch scream.