Japanese book cover depicting the Hibagon
|Region||Mount Hiba, Hiroshima Prefecture|
History of the Hibagon
The Hibagon is described as a "black creature with white hands and large white feet, standing about five feet tall."
Sightings have not been reported in "forested, mountainous areas of the country,"  around Mount Hiba in the Hiroshima Prefecture and has been said to resemble a gorilla.
"The Hibagon has a large nose, large deep glaring eyes and is covered with bristles. Theories to account for this cryptid range from a gorilla, a wild man, or a deserter from the Japanese chefs, to an individual ravaged by atomic radiation from the nuclear attack on Hiroshimaa."
A sighting from 1972 reports that the creature "has a chocolate brown face and is covered with brown hair ... [and] is said to have 'deep glaring eyes', in two reports by a Mr. Sazawa and a Mrs. Harada, the creature took no hostile action and fled from four armed residents intent on hunting it."
- The Hibagon was more obliquely portrayed as "Yetrigar" in an issue of the 1970s Marvel comic "Godzilla, King of the Monsters."
- The Hibagon was the featured cryptid in The Secret Saturdays episode "The Vengeance of Hibagon." This version of the Hibagon is depicted to be larger than its usual description.
- Coleman, Loren; Huyghe, Patrick. "Hibagon". Retrieved 2005-10-25.
- Newton, Michael (2005). "Hibagon". Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology: A Global Guide. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 195. ISBN 0-7864-2036-7.
- Bord, Janet & Bord, Colin (1981). Alien Animals. Stackpole Books. p. 258. ISBN 0-8117-2181-7.
- Metropolis, "Fortean Japan", 27 June 2008, p. 12.
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