Encyclopaedia of Cryptozoology

Scale illustration of the ahool by Philippe Coudray in Guide des Animaux Cachés (2009).

Category Cryptobat
Proposed scientific names
Other names Ahul, aoel, athol, aul
Country reported Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam
First reported 1862[1]
Prominent investigators • Ernst Bartels
Ivan T. Sanderson
Karl Shuker

The ahool is a cryptid reported from montane rainforests of the Indonesian island of Java, particularly from the region of the Salak Range in West Java.[3] Named after its supposed vocalisations, which may be attributable to various owls,[4] it is usually described as a flying animal compared to a giant bat or a "bird-apeman". However, unlike the largest known bats, the flying foxes (Pteropus spp.), the ahool is described as having a flat, monkey-like face, similarly to the orang-bati, and the name is also applied to a cryptohominid like the orang-pendek;[5] many sightings do not mention wings.[6] Similar cryptids are reported from the Philippines and Vietnam.[7][8]

Notes and references[]

  1. Rigg, Jonathan (1862) A Dictionary of the Sunda Language of Java
  2. Bartels, Ernst & Sanderson, Ivan T. "The One True Batman," Fate, No. 19 (July 1966)
  3. Eberhart, George M. (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology, ABC-CLIO, Inc., ISBN 1576072835
  4. König, Claus & Weick, Friedhelm & Becking, Jan-Hendrik (2009) Owls of the World
  5. Forth, Gregory (2008) Images of the Wildman in Southeast Asia: An Anthropological Perspective, Routledge, ISBN 9781135784294
  6. "Ahool & Pinatubo". Destination Truth: Series 2, Episode 10 (24 September 2008)
  7. Heuvelmans, Bernard "Annotated Checklist of Apparently Unknown Animals With Which Cryptozoology Is Concerned", Cryptozoology, No. 5 (1986)
  8. Arment, Chad "Notes on a Minor Set of Correspondence from Bernard Heuvelmans," BioFortean Review (2007) — Online (Wayback Machine)