Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 13th, 2011
Evening Post, Volume CXXIII, Issue 29, 4 February 1937, Page 6
A strange creature, half man, half ape, has been captured near Riga, Latvia, by a band of foresters. The band, engaged in inspecting one of the great forests of the region, suddenly came upon the man-ape, crouching at the foot of a tree. As they approached the creature fled, and swinging itself on to an overhanging branch, climbed with remarkable speed and agility to the’top of the tree. One of the foresters took a shot at it, whereupon the creature, emitting a wild shriek, crashed to the ground. The foresters seized it and found it to be entirely naked, and its body covered with long, thick hair. Upon taking the captive to a nearby village it was discovered that he was actually a farm labourer who had disappeared many years ago. The apeman can neither speak nor understand anything when spoken to, but lets out yells of delight when meat and fruit are placed before him.