We are familiar with claims of living fossil apes roaming the forests of North America and the Himalayas, known as Sasquatch or the Yeti. Most reports describe brief glimpses, but the story ofAlbert Ostmanis so personal it warrants closer examination. In 1924, 33 year old Ostman was prospecting in the deserted forests near Powell River, British Columbia when he was seized by giant apes while sleeping, according to his account to police in 1957, at age 64.
The investigator was unable to find flaws in his story, shared under affidavit of truthful disclosure, which interestingly, contained peculiar but scientifically significant details that boosted its credibility. He reported three adults and one juvenile, a rather odd number. Interestingly, biologists note some species form groups with young from previous years, which help raise the current offspring. Ostman was offered shoots by the female, who also stacked dry leaves. He did not use his gun, as the creatures did not harm him. He allegedly escaped by offering the patriarch an entire can of snuff, making him “groggy”.