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The Ucumar, sometimes called Ucu or Ucumar-Zupai is a Sasquatch from Argentina

. It is a hairy, mammalian ape-like beast similar to the Sasquatch of North America, Yeti from the Himalayas and the Yowie of Australia. This mysterious creature terrorized many areas in Argentina and Chile.


Described as 5-7 feet tall,  with thick hair, small eyes, and huge arms and legs. Some people reported it as half-bear humanoid.

According to local people, the ucumar loves to eat plant called "payo", a plant with an inside similar to cabbage. This creature also emits sound uhu, uhu, uhu, which Ivan T. Sanderson compared to the noises reported by Albert Ostman, who claimed to have been held captive by a family of Sasquatch in 1924.


One of the first documented sightings of the Ucu took place in May of 1958 when a group of campers in Rengo, 50 miles from Santiago, Chili, reported that they saw what they could only describe as an ape man. Police were called out to investigate; they took reports from the witnesses, one of which was Carlos Manuel Soto who swore that he had seen an enormous man covered with hair in the Cordilleras, one of the Santiago’s 6 provinces.

In 1956, geologist Audio L. Pich found seventeen inch long human-like footprints on the Argentina side of the Andes Mountains at a height of over sixteen thousand feet. The following year similar tracks were discovered in the province of La Salta, Argentina. Not long after, residents of Tolor Grande informed newspaper reporters of a nightly chorus of what they described as eerie calls emanating from the near by Curu-Curu Mountains. The cries, which were attributed by the locals to a creature known as the Ukumar-zupai, frightened the community for some time, and according to anthropologist Pablo Latapi Ortega, traditions of these giant ape men continue to this very day in Argentina.

Possible Explanation[]

Spectacled bear

A spectacled bear

One theory described that the ucumar is a spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus). But this animal can't emit sound like in the description above.