Other names: Yahu, yeho.
Country reported: The Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, United States (Puerto Rico)

The yeho (Aja-Gbe or Kambari: "devil"[1]) is a cryptid reported from several islands of the Caribbean, including Cuba, the Bahamas, Hispaniola, Trinidad, and Puerto Rico.[1] They are variably described as monkey- to bear-sized and hairy, with dangerous bear-like claws and backwards-facing feet.[1] According to various authors, they walk upright and can reproduce with human women,[2] live in the woods and cry "yeho!", or live in caves and only come out at night.

George Eberhart suggests they represent lowland gorillas as remembered in the folk memory of Bahamians of African slave origin.[1] Dale A. Drinnon, noting that primates do not have claws, suggests they are surviving Antillean ground sloths, which were smaller than mainland ground sloths and are known to have survived into the colonial era.[3]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Eberhart, George (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology
  2. Crowley, Daniel J. (1983) I Could Talk Old-story Good: Creativity in Bahamian Folklore
  3. Frontiers of Zoology: West Indian "Devils" Yahus