Not to be confused with yahoo.
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, and specifically from Fresh Creek on Andros Island, and from Long Island, both in the Bahamas.[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.


Illustration of the Puerto Rican sloth (Acratocnus odontrigonus), depicted without the long tail characteristic of ground sloths, by the American Museum of Natural History.

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 believed to have survived into the colonial era: according to Walker's Mammals of the World, their bones have been discovered in European middens alongside those of introduced domestic pigs.[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