De Loys’ Ape
Region of origin: Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela
In 1920, a geologist on an expedition to locate a petroleum reserve, François de Loys, sent an account of his party encountering a pair of large, aggressive primates. They claim to have shot the male, causing the female to flee back into the forest. The male’s body was propped up for a photograph which remains the only evidence of the creature; however as it has no reference to scale, the creature appears to resemble a common spider monkey and the body itself was never recovered, it is largely believed to have been a hoax.
Originally posted on Tumblr on March 25, 2016