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Man reveals his terrifying run in with a ‘massive hairy’ animal while on a bike ride 

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A man has spoken about his terrifying encounter with a yowie while on a bike ride with a friend 40 years ago. 

Kieron Darcy had an encounter with the creature when he and a friend were exploring a heavily wooded area near Palm Beach, Queensland in 1978. 

Mr Darcy said they came across a foul smell before they saw a ‘massive, hairy’ animal standing on two legs shaking a 40ft pine tree back and forth.  

The gigantic creature let out a loud roar and the scared boy’s fled the area on their bikes. 

Kieron Darcy had an encounter with the creature when he and a friend were exploring a heavily wooded area near Palm Beach, Queensland in 1978 (Pictured:  A witness sketch of the creature)

Kieron Darcy had an encounter with the creature when he and a friend were exploring a heavily wooded area near Palm Beach, Queensland in 1978 (Pictured:  A witness sketch of the creature)

Mr Darcy said they came across a foul smell before they saw a 'massive, hairy' animal standing on two legs shaking a 40ft pine tree back and forth (Pictured: An artist's impression of the sighting)

Mr Darcy said they came across a foul smell before they saw a ‘massive, hairy’ animal standing on two legs shaking a 40ft pine tree back and forth (Pictured: An artist’s impression of the sighting)

Mr Darcy got a good look at the creature that he saw so many years ago and he still remembers it to this day. 

‘The sun was starting to go down, so it was a silhouette but the hair looked to be a deep, deep red, auburn colour,’ Mr Darcy told the Gold Coast Bulletin.  

‘There wasn’t much hair on his face and he had a really flat-top head that just ended at his eyebrows. His eyes were red.’ 

When he saw the animal shaking the tree and let out its deafening roar, Mr Darcy said he and his friend were terrified. 

‘I looked across to my mate who was one of the tough kids in school. When I saw his face I knew we had to get out of there. We got back home in about 10 seconds I reckon, we were so scared.’ 

The gigantic creature let out a loud roar and the scared boy's fled the area on their bikes (Pictured: A recreation of the encounter)

The gigantic creature let out a loud roar and the scared boy’s fled the area on their bikes (Pictured: A recreation of the encounter)

Where Mr Darcy claims he encountered the yowie in 1978 based on current day map

Where Mr Darcy claims he encountered the yowie in 1978 based on current day map

Mr Darcy told his mother and some school friends about what he saw in the woods but no one believed him. 

He decided to put the encounter behind him and move on with his life as people would think he was crazy. 

But when he visited the same area with his fiancee many years later, he decided to tell her the story. 

Though she didn’t believe him either, it inspired Mr Darcy to get in contact with Australian Yowie Research, a group dedicated to yowie research. 

Gold Coast yowie hunter Dean Harrison said the case had many similarities to other sightings in the area recorded in the 70s. 

He said the Gold Coast is normally a hotspot of activity for yowie sightings.  

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