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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

1910, KONOWARUK, GUYANA, MR. HAINES:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

In the north-western coastal band of South America, there is talk of various kinds of more or less legendary antropoid monkeys, that the natives call Mapinguary, Didi-Aguiri, or Didi, the last two lbeing just described as having a red fur. No evidence of their existence was ever found to date, whereas quite real and known monkeys exist over there, they may, I think, be the quite simple origin of the tales.

One of the stories is in the Loren Coleman's book "Cryptozoology from A to Z"; which tells that one Haines, local magistrate of "British Cuiana", now Guyana, while looking for gold, saw two "Didi's" along Konowaruk, close to the junction of the Patatas river, in 1910.

It is said these "Didi's" were covered with short brown reddish fur, and that they slowly retreated into in the jungle without once taking their eyes off Haines.

Although this meager information obviously has nothing to do with UFOs, it nevertheless found its way into a modern ufology catalogue and its copies.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001121
Date of event: 1910
Earliest report of event: 1987?
Delay of report: 7 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: New York Botanical Garden Members Letter.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Nature society reader's letter.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: February 17, 2013
This file last updated on: February 17, 2013
Country of event: Guyana
State/Department: Konowaruk
Type of location: In or near jungle.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adult.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Man, civil servant.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2
Type of entities: Monkey
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: None.
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: Brown reddish fur.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Yes.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Brown reddish fur.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Retreated into jungle after seeing witness.
Entities/witness interactions: Retreated into jungle after seeing witness.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible confusion, monkey. Not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates that in Konowaruk, Guyana, in 1910, at an unknown time, the local resident magistrate was prospecting for gold just above the junction of the Potato River when he came upon several short reddish brown fur covered creatures that retreated slowly into the jungle without once taking their eyes off him.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Loren Coleman, Curious Encounters.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that in 1910 in Konowaruk, Guyana, "The local resident magistrate was prospecting for gold just above the junction of the Potato River when he came upon several short reddish brown fur covered creatures that retreated slowly into the jungle without once taking their eyes off him."

[Ref. ue1:] "UNKNOWN EXPLORERS" WEBSITE:

The website says that the "Didi", also sometimes referred to as the dru-di-di, or didi-aguiri, is a site-specific name for a red haired, bulky, hooting anthropoid located in and around a narrow strip of northwestern South America. It is shorter than the Mapinguary, another unknown hominid reported to live in this region, but both are described as having red fur, and may be related or the same animal. For hundreds of years native people in the Guyanese montane forests from the highlands of Brazil have had stories of the Dodi, and as westerns began to penetrate the area they heard and documented accounts of the creature. In 1596 through 1597, during the course of the European discovery of British Guiana, now known as Guyana, Sir Walter Raleigh and Laurence Keymis recorded rumors of the Didi and in 1769 Dr. Edward Bancroft, Benjamin Franklinís friend and later a British spy in Paris, took note of stories of what he thought to be five foot tall ape like creatures.

They say that in Loren Colemanís book "Cryptozoology A to Z", a man named Haines, the resident magistrate of British Cuiana saw two Didi along the Konowaruk, near the junction of the Potato River in 1910. Eight years later a guide by the name of Miegam and three other men were traveling up the Berbice River when they spotted two figured they first took to be men on a near by beach. However upon inspection of the beach they where staggered to find that the footprints where more ape like and could not have belong to a human. These foot prints where similar to known Mapinguary footprints, more anthropoid than human.

They add that no evidence of the Didi has been discovered to date.

[Ref. tp1:] T. PETER PARK:

This Fortean researcher says that "Coleman and Huyghe" wrote in The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates, Anomalist Books, pp. 72-73, 2006, that "In 1910, a British resident magistrate named Haines saw two didis along the Konowaruk, near the Potato River. In their references for the didi, Coleman and Huyghe (p. 183) cite Jessica Snyder, "The Making of a Herbarium," The New York Botanical Garden Members' Newsletter 20, No. 3 (Fall 1987), and e-mail correspondence from Gary Samuels to Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe, November 1997."

Points to consider:

Obviously, this has nothing to do with UFOs or UFO occupants.

At best it is a matter for cryptozoology, and possibly the creature was just a spider monkey:

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
None

Evaluation:

Possible confusion, monkey. Not UFO-related.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 17, 2013 Creation, [ar1], [ud1], [ue1], [tp1].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 17, 2013 First published.

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