Alternatively known as Mono Grande and Didi or Di-di.
Meaning 'king monkey' in Spanish, it is allegedly another ape-like creature that have been reported in many areas of South America.
The Mono Rei has been described as being 5 ft tall and extremely aggressive, yielding thick branches or clubs at potential treats or trespassers.
Reports of this creature actually stared in 1553, in a journal written by Pedro de Cieza de Leon where native legends about these creatures are recounted. De Leon also mentions the finding of a carcass in the forests by a fellow Spaniard. Later, in 1769, in 'An Essay on the Natural History of Guiana' written by Edward Bancroft, mention of what might be the same type of creature is made.
Local tribal superstitions are also referred to, describing a 5 ft tall bipedal anthropoid covered with short, black hair. Another book written in 1860 by Philip Gosse ('The Romance of Natural History') mentions the possibility of the existence of a large anthropoid ape, not yet recognized by zoologists, in the forests of South America.
A similar creature is mentioned again, this time in 1876 by explorer Charles Barrington Brown, who wrote of a wild man which dwelt in the forests of British Guiana (today's Guyana) called the Didi or Di-di. Again in 1910 there was sightings reported by a British magistrate of Guiana who was in the jungle prospecting for gold. Perhaps the best — but undoubtedly the most controversial — evidence for the Mono Grande's case is the incident of De Loys Ape, in 1920.
Reports of the Didi have continued to the present day, most notable the one made by explorer Pino Turolla, who while traveling in the area of the Marirupa Falls in eastern Venezuela in 1968 was told about the Mono Grande, particularly an episode in which three of the beasts attacked a father and son, clubbing the young boy to death. After researching the matter, Turolla returned three years later to the sightings area and himself witnessed two fleeing ape-like bipeds about 5 ft tall. More recently (1987), mycologist (branch of botany that deals with fungi) Gary Samuels reported a sighting while doing some field work in Guyana for the New York Botanical Garden.
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