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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.

MARC 1955, HONG KONG, HONG KONG, CHINA, LAW CHIU, A WOMAN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Whimsical UFO buff and UFO hoaxer Gray Barker apparently reported in his 1956 bulletin that in Hong Kong, China, in March 1955, in the evening, doors were barred in Hong Kong as the police searched for a hairy beast, said by terrified residents to be a shaggy animal over 6 feet tall.

A village gardener named Law Chiu had fought it and survived. The animal was covered with long, shaggy gray hair thing attacked him about 50 yards from the family temple. It stood upright when it came at him. He punched it in the stomach but the creature fell on him and they grappled for some time, then creature went away on all fours.

Some time after that, a woman saw a strange animal galloping past her vegetable garden on four legs, and as proof she exhibited large triangular footprints in the soft earth. They were unlike those made by a man or ape.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000484
Date of event: March 1955
Earliest report of event: January 1956
Delay of report: 11 months
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: UFO bulletin Gray Barker.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Sensationalist UFO bulletin.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: February 9, 2008
This file last updated on: February 9, 2008
Country of event: China
State/Department: Hong Kong
Type of location: City, vegetable garden, garden.
Lighting conditions: Not reported
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1, then 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported. A male gardener, a woman.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Animal
Entities height: 2.0 meters.
Entities outfit type: None.
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Sometimes biped, sometimes quadruped.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
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: Covered of shaggy hair.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Wanders, attacks a person.
Entities/witness interactions: Attacks a person.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, fought.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Weird animal.
Explanation category: No credibility. Possible bear. Not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Hong Kong, China, on March, 1955, in the evening, doors were barred in Hong Kong as the police searched for a hairy beast, said by terrified residents to be a shaggy animal over 6 ft tall. One man, a village gardener named Law Chiu had fought it and lived. The thing attacked him about 50 yards from the family temple. It was covered with long, shaggy gray hair. It stood upright when it came at him. He punched it in the stomach but the creature fell on him and they grappled for some time. The creature then went away, loping on all fours. Some time after that a woman saw a strange animal galloping past her vegetable garden on four legs, and as proof she exhibited large triangular footprints in the soft earth. They were unlike those made by a man or ape.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is The Saucerian Review, a report on Flying Saucers January 1956.

Points to consider:

The source, "The Saucerian Review", was the bulletin of oddball sensationalist Gray Barker, a UFO hoaxer himself; this explains that this vague story of agressive "animal" typical of these countries became an alleged close encounter of the third kind.

Whatever it was, if it actually happened, there is no reason for thinking that it has anything to do with the matter of UFOs.

And of course, sticking to the meager descriptions, it is not silly to wonder whether some bear escaped that day.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe February 9, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available and not referenced. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

No credibility. Possible bear. 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 9, 2008 Creation, [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 9, 2008 First published.

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