Devil Monkey: Does North America’s Primate Cryptid Really Exist?

devil-monkey (Image: via Cryptid Wiki)

One thing that cryptozoologists are clear about is that the devil monkey most definitely isn’t Bigfoot – even though there are similarities. Sightings across British Columbia and the Appalachian region of the United States describe a creature that stands somewhere between three and eight feet tall, can walk either on all fours or upright, has large feet, a furry body with a lighter patch on its chest, and a face that’s either described as looking like a baboon or a dog.

Occasionally, their legs are described as almost kangaroo-like, making them something of a cryptozoological cousin of the better known Chupacabra.

Reports of the so-called devil monkey date back at least to the 1950s, when a couple driving down a back road in Saltville, Virginia were reportedly attacked by a large, powerful creature that chased their car and left deep scratches along the door. Several days after that attack, the same creature was described by two nurses who had the convertible top ripped off their car. Sighting of the terrifying beasts have continued, including claims of a giant black monkey haunting the countryside around Danville, New Hampshire for several weeks during 2001.

devil-monkey-2 (Image: via Cryptid Wiki)

Possible sightings of the devil monkey can be traced back to Tennessee in the 1930s, when newspapers picked up the story of a mysterious creature that could cross fields in just a few leaps. But because a full description has never been forthcoming, that particular cryptid isn’t necessarily counted in devil monkey lore.

In the book of cryptozoology, devil monkey sightings are classified independently from Bigfoot, which is confined mostly to the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. They’re also categorised separately from North American apes, which are described as having more in common with chimpanzees in terms of appearance, while devil monkeys are said to look more like baboons.

Of course, there are other more mundane explanations for the mythical and horrifying devil monkey. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew swept through Florida and released an estimated 500 monkeys into the wild, forming a community that’s likely still breeding generations later.

cascade-volcanoes-pacific-northwest (Image: Walter Siegmund; Cascade Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest)

Meanwhile, two decades earlier in 1972, a group of Japanese macaques were brought to Texas; considered pests in their native land, the group was moved to the US in a bid to save the species. By the 1980s, several had escaped, and by 1995, hundreds were reportedly living in the surrounding wilderness.

Other theories, however, posit that devil monkeys could be long-lost, prehistoric primates that have survived in small, isolated pockets across the United States, or feral monkey colonies that have thrived after the release of a few lone monkeys into the wild. Of course, the devil monkey may also be nothing more than an urban legend.

Whatever the explanation, we’re pretty sure we don’t want to meet one on the road.

Related – 10 Terrifying Encounters With the World’s Mythical Cryptids

 
 


 
 
 

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