Alternatively known as Fireti.
Another mysterious primate, this time from Malawi, Africa (formerly Nyasaland).
The Ufiti, which in the local language means 'ghost of the supernatural', were described as being between 4 and 5 feet tall, black with long hair, a colorless posterior, a baboon-like face, having no tail and a broad chest.
Reports of "black, shaggy monsters" seen in the forest region of Nkata Bay, Lake Nyasa, and of more than 30 mysterious tree-top structures (speculated to be lairs built by these creatures) discovered in the same area by Chief Ranger Oliver Cary and some of his game rangers, made headlines on the February 14, 1960 edition of The Sunday Mail in Zomba, Nyasaland (today's Malawi).
After several sightings and expeditions, a specimen of the creature was finally captured in 1964, near the Limpasa River.
A female, this animal proved to be a curious new species of chimpanzee with gorilla like-features; huge, black in color, a "silverback" like a silverback gorilla, a gray saddle-shaped marking that is only found in male gorillas and not in chimps, specially female chimps. The specimen certainly corresponds to the Ufiti described in folklore.
The animal end up being sent to the Chester Zoo, in central England, where it died shortly thereafter.
The case of the Ufiti really makes the point that it is possible, indeed very likely, that some of the reports of mysterious primates around the world may be the sightings of yet unknown but real creatures, just in the threshold of being discovered by science or to become extinct.
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