De Loys Ape
Controversial cryptozoological case that took place near the Tarra River on the border of Venezuela and Colombia in 1920.
Swiss geologist Francois de Loys was this expedition's leader, hence De Loys Ape. According to his story, after an arduous journey and many casualties (several men had died), the remnants of the party set up camp near the Tarra River, a tributary of the Catatumbo river, to rest for a while. They were then suddenly attacked by two 5 ft tall ape-like creatures, a male and a female, that waved branches menacingly at the party, howling and screeching, and finally throwing their own dung at the expedition members. In their defense, the party opened fire, and the female was shot dead. The wounded male then retreated into the forest.
Upon inspecting their victim, the men realized that it was something out of the ordinary. They proceeded to sit its body on a crate, propping its head up with a stick, and taking a photograph of the creature. On de Loys journal it was mentioned that after that the animal was skinned, and its jaw bone and skull preserved. These remains, perhaps too conveniently, were lost.
Nearly a decade went by before the controversial image was made public. A friend of de Loys, George Montandon, after taking great interest on the picture, published it in 1929, naming the creature "Ameranthropoides loysi".
Skeptics and scientists were quick to launch an attack on de Loyss credibility and Montandons claims, calling the picture a hoax, nothing more then a spider monkey with its tail hidden behind the crate upon which it was placed. Furthermore, there was nothing on the picture that could provide a clear measure of the animal's size.
Yet others thought that the height of the creature was about five feet tall (the largest spider monkey ever recorded was only three feet, seven inches tall), pointing out that most crates of the kind displayed on the picture were 20 inches in height, thus providing a reference to measure the creature's size.
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