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The Ucumar of Cerro El Creston, Argentina

The Ucumar of Cerro El Creston, Argentina

Although the head of the creature looks like an animal, witnesses stated that it had hands and fingers, and were of the opinion that it was a kind of humanoid.

The original story appeared in the Argentinian newspaper El Tribuno (in Salta) on Friday, August 6, 2010, and was written by  journalist Gustavo Pardo .

The Ucumar- also known as the Ucumar-zupai or simply as Ucu- is a Bigfoot like creature believed to wander the mountainous tropical countryside of Chile and Argentina.  Described to be about the size of a large dog that walks on two legs, the Ucumar is said by natives to eat payo (a cabbage like plant indigenous to the area) and make an ear piercing "uhu, uhu, uhu" sound.

The Ucamar

Ranchers Capture “Fanged, Hairy Humanoid”

The legend of the Ucumar Zupai is reborn in a wilderness near El Creston, some 40 kilometers west of San Jose de Metán. Metán is 200 kilometers from the capital of Salta.

On July 23, 2010, a rancher and his nephew (who both chose to remain anonymous) went out into their fields to round up their cattle in the vicinity of Cerro El Creston, some 40 kilometers west of San Jose de Metan, when they came upon a strange creature of humanoid appearance, It had unusually large and sharp incisors. The similarity between this specimen and local tales of the mythic “Ucumar” – the manlike figure covered in short black hair – has renewed the debate in Salta over the existence of the local “yeti”. The presence of a creature having such characteristics has been news for decades in the forested areas to the south of the province, particularly in Rosario de la Frontera, where eyewitness accounts have been collected. Photographs of the remains of the specimen gunned down in the cloud forest of Cerro El Creston were taken by Martin, a resident of Metan who did not wish to give his name, at the property belonging to the ranchers who shot it. The photo – taken with a cell phone – clearly shows a hominid specimen with long fangs and protruding eyes.

The Story The ranchers are an older man, 79, whose initials are J.S. and the other is his nephew, E.S. Both requested anonymity to ward off curiosity seekers. Almost shyly, Martin told El Tribuno about his experience with the strange being during a visit to his friends, the ranchers. “That Saturday I arrived and they told me what had occurred during the morning. I entered their home and there it was, hanging from its feet, its hands tied to one side and extending down to the floor.”Calmly, he continued his story: “I asked them what it was, and they didn't know. They only said that in the dark of the night, they thought it might have been a puma or a goblin, because they only saw its enormous green eyes shining by the light of their flashlights.”

According to the young man, J.S. and E.S. had gone out on the evening of 23 July to round up cattle, as they were planning to brand the livestock on the following day. Amid the darkness, they heard a nearly deafening sound on the edge of one of the hills surrounding their property. They cast light upon the source of the noise with the flashlight, and found themselves staring at two enormous green eyes that nearly froze their hearts."

"They told me they thought it was a goblin, and to scare it away, they fired a shot. They were unlucky enough to hit it in the head.” Apparently, the bullet entered through the lower left side of the jaw, exiting through the upper right eyebrow ridge. Due to this impact, the alleged “Ucumar” collapsed instantly. “The dogs that were with us, accustomed to finding wild pigs, ran toward the carcass, and when my friends chased them away, they came across that thing.” The two gauchos carried the remains back to their ranch to analyze it further.

The next day, in the sunlight, there was no doubt about it: they had shot an Ucumar, although to confirm this, it would be necessary to analyze it further. For the time being, all we have are speculations and suspicions. What can indeed be confirmed is that the veterinary specialists consulted by El Tribuno state that the specimen “hunted” by accident is not native to the region.

Carcass Hurled Down a Canyon

Martin continued to relate his experiences with the ranchers of Cerro El Crestón. He noted that “On Saturday morning, J.S. asked us to cut off his head and throw the body far away, as he did not wish to be the victim of any revenge.” The revenge that Martin referred to is that the being they had found was allegedly a “cub” of an Ucumar, which could take reprisals against him for having shot and killed its young. They state that it was a “cub” due to the diameter of the specimen’s skull, which measured about 15 centimeters. They calculated the creature’s height at some 60 to 70 centimeters.

“Overall, the people who live in these parts believe in these things a lot: goblins, the Ucumar...matter of fact, I must admit I felt afraid. At one point I thought about bringing the body to Metán, but I got scared,” said the fellow who spoke with El Tribuno. Martin explained that “we cut off its head, which remained at the ranch. But we wrapped up the body in several bags and threw it down a canyon.” J.S. the owner of the ranch where the strange events transpired, lives alone in the area. His nearest neighbor is 15 kilometers away. The man is visited by his nephews every so often.

“It Had Fingers and Toes”

The witness who got to hold the body of the hunted hominid explained that “it was covered in short black hair all over its body, except for the face. It was impressive to see the size of its incisor.” He added that the manlike figure had fingers and toes. “The truth is that it was a unique experience. I have never seen anything like it. When we go to the ranch at Cerro El Creston, we find hairs stuck to the tree trunks, as though “it” was scratching itself against them. There are many animals in the area, but none with fur resembling that of the creature they hunted,” Martin explained.

“I Never Saw Anything Like It”

Marcelo Choque, a forensic veterinarian for the Provincial Police under the Environmental Division of the service, was startled when he saw the photographs of the strange specimen’s skull, shot by a rancher in the heights of Cerro El Creston in Metán. “I never saw anything like it. It’s clearly an anthropomorphic figure, but I can’t tell you the species. And I could much less explain the exaggerated size of its incisors, which give it a monstrous appearance.” The expert paused to think for a moment and continued. “There are no anthropoids in the area where they shot it. And the ones belonging to our fauna do not possess in any way the humanoid characteristics showing in the photo. If it is a monkey of some sort, it would be a rarity, an unclassified species or a genetic aberration. I’m stunned and I think it would be necessary to travel with a team of experts to the area where the skull is kept in order to conduct an analysis of the remains.”

The Ucamar

The Ucamar

When the news spread in Salta, the remains, which were thrown away in a ravine, were recovered for analysis.

Police officers from Metán, led by Deputy Chief Regino Monteros of Regional Unit 3, and consisting of criminalists from the police force, firefighters and local infantrymen, brought back the remains of the strange mammal shot down by a rancher living in the heights of Cerro El Crestón, reviving the old legend of the Ucumar, a sort of "yeti" from the Salta Region. The people were guided by two sisters, Marian and Claudia Miranda, backwoodswomen, and walked seven hours to reach the site and five hours back, just to bring down the head and hairy carcass of this hitherto unknown specimen in the area.

The remains of the small, large-fanged carcass were placed in a special package to be sent to the city of Salta, where they shall undergo expert analysis. This subject merited the opening of legal proceedings by Mario Dilascio, Second Judge of Instruction of the Southern Judicial District. The magistrate issued precise instructions to have the samples sent immediately to the capital city for their analysis by scientists, in order to conduct a precise classification of the anthropoid's characteristics, and to ascertain the reasons that apparently brought it so far from its natural habitat.

On October 20, 2010 It Tribuna reported:

"They are doing a study of the remains, the early indications are that this is a hominid, bulging eyes, long, sharp teeth, tetrapod (four limbs), short black hair and fingers on the hands and feet. The skull has a diameter of 15 centimeters and the height would have been between 6 and 70 centimeters. It is believed to be a monkey, which also would be a find, because there are no monkeys living in this area. The analysis of the remains have not yet been finalized and has not released any official report. However the local veterinarian was surprised to see the photos and could not identify what species it would be.


An official report seems to have never been issued. This would suggest that they could not identify it as an animal. It probably is a very small child of a type of Bigfoot, or another kind of unknown hominid.