An Australian man has revealed his terrifying encounter with a yowie and now believes he has the evidence that could prove the creature’s existence.
David Taylor, 50, has been collecting evidence about the mythical creatures for the past 12 years in locations across Queensland.
Although he claims to have spotted yowies ‘hundreds of times’ he says nothing will ever match the excitement of his first encounter.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia Mr Taylor revealed he first saw a yowie at Dularcha National Park, an hour north of Brisbane, in 2008.
David Taylor, 50, has been collecting evidence about the mythical creatures for the past 12 years in locations across Queensland
The father-of-11 said he was on a bike ride with his ex-partner in the deep bushland when the couple became lost and he suddenly felt like something dangerous was close by.
‘Something made me look left, I didn’t see anything, I didn’t hear anything, I didn’t smell anything I just felt compelled to look,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It was huge, it look three steps. One step took it across the path that was as wide as a car, the second step it was into the bush and the third step it was totally gone.’
Mr Taylor said he first saw a yowie in Dularcha National Park, an hour north of Brisbane, in an experience that shook him to his core
Mr Taylor said the yowie, which was only 100 metres away, stood seven feet tall and had a strange fusion of human and ape-like characteristics.
‘It looked like an ape due to the hair but it had real human characteristics in how it was built and its behaviour,’ he said.
‘The facial features are more human and some parts of its hair was plaited.
‘The adrenaline that went through me was just explosive. I just wanted to get out of there as quick as I could.’
Mr Taylor said the yowie he saw was seven feet tall and had a strange fusion of human and ape-like characteristics
During his search he has found several footprints, taken several images and claims to have found a banana half-eaten by the huge beast (pictured)
The researcher said it was enough to get him hooked on the search for yowies and he has since spotted them on the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and in Ingham.
‘I’m the kind of guy where until I see something I won’t believe in it but I wont call other people a liar,’ he said.
Mr Taylor (pictured) said he has seen hundreds of yowies since he started searching for them 12 years ago
Yowies have their roots in Aboriginal folk tales and now have thousands of believers with many claiming to have personally seen the beast which features an appearance similar to that of Big Foot.
During his quest to find the mythical creatures Mr Taylor believes he has photographed several yowies deep in the scrub and discovered a banana half-eaten by the one.
He has also stumbled across several large footprints he believes belongs a yowie.
‘I’ve had them growl at me, I’ve had rocks thrown at me and I’ve had tree branches thrown at me that look more like the actual tree than a branch,’ he said.
Mr Taylor believes yowies are very territorial but are not violent in nature.
‘There has been times were I’ve had about four or five of them around me, and if they wanted to kill me they could have easily done it.’
Mr Taylor said he has found yowies on the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and in Ingham
While the researcher has taken many photos of yowies over the years he admitted many are poor in quality but he said the explanation is simple.
‘People don’t understand that the fight or flight sensation you experience when you see one is uncontrollable and you’ve got a maximum of three seconds before they are gone,’ he said.
‘So by the time you are controlling the shakes and you are trying to get the camera out, that’s why you get a lot of blurry photos.’
Mr Taylor said he understands why some people do not believe in yowies but encourages people to find out for themselves.
‘My saying is ‘hey if you don’t believe me, come out with me for a week and see what your thoughts are after that’,’ he said.