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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Devil Monkeys: A Cryptid Phenomenon

The world of cryptozoology is filled with fascinating and often fearsome creatures, and among them is a cryptid known as the "Devil Monkey". This elusive creature has been reported in various parts of the United States, sparking intrigue and fear among those who claim to have encountered it.

Just what is this mysterious creature and what is it capable of remains unknown, but we do have some information about it.

Description and Characteristics

Devil Monkeys are described as large, baboon-like primates with long tails and pointed ears. They are said to be about the size of a large adult Saint Bernard and covered with a thick coat of dark wooly hair. Their most notable attributes are their decidedly simian features, extended feet, and small, presumably pointed ears.

Unlike the legendary ape-like Bigfoot or Yeti, these creatures have been described as shaggy, canine-faced, baboon-like creatures with powerful, almost kangaroo-like legs. Other distinguishing traits that Devil Monkeys are said to bear include 3-toed, razor-clawed feet, tiny, pointed ears, and a long, often bushy tail.

Sightings and Encounters

The first reported encounter with this swift, dangerous predator occurred in 1934, in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee. Eyewitnesses described a mysterious beast that could “leap across fields” with “lightning speed.” This ability to jump great distances - up to 20 feet according to some accounts - has led some to speculate that these animals may have something in common with the kangaroos that have been seen throughout the United States for decades.

The first “official” Devil Monkey sighting occurred in 1959, while a couple by the name of Boyd were driving through the mountains near their home in Saltville, Virginia. According to their account, an ape-like beast attacked their car, leaving three scratch marks on the vehicle. The Boyds' daughter, Pauline, described the terrifying attacker as having "light, taffy colored hair, with a white blaze down its neck and underbelly… it stood on two large, well-muscled back legs and had shorter front legs or arms”

Sightings of Devil Monkeys in Kentucky

A sighting was reported in "Eastern Kentucky" - Check out the video

Another sighting was reported "near Mammoth Cave National Park, Hwy 728, Edmonson County, Kentucky" on August 1, 2018. The witness described the creature as a man-sized, white furry creature standing on the side of the road at night.

In 1973, famed cryptozoologist and author Loren Coleman investigated reports of three black, bushy-tailed “giant monkeys” that were said to have slaughtered livestock in Albany, Kentucky.

These sightings, along with others, have contributed to the lore of the Devil Monkey in Kentucky.

Theories and Speculations

Some cryptozoologists, such as Loren Coleman, have suggested that many phantom kangaroo sightings may in fact be sightings of devil monkeys. This theory posits that those who think they’re seeing kangaroos from a distance are, in fact, seeing Devil Monkeys. This sounds like a reasonable assumption. 

While the existence of Devil Monkeys is yet to be scientifically proven, the consistency in eyewitness accounts across different regions suggests that these creatures may be more than just figments of the imagination. Whether they are unknown species of primates, misidentified known animals, or something else entirely remains a mystery.

The enigma of Devil Monkeys continues to captivate cryptozoologists and enthusiasts alike. As we delve deeper into the unexplored corners of our world, who knows what we might discover next?

Have you seen a Devil Monkey? Then by all means submit the report to us via the "Report a Sighting" link. 


This post is by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as TCC Research. Over 25 years of experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter, a published photographer, and a poet.

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