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Exclusive Photos of the Yardley Yeti

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 21st, 2006

Cryptomundo reader Jonathan Maberry sends Cryptomundo these exclusive photos of the Yardley Yeti that were taken by he and his wife.

Personally, I feel guilty using the name "Yardley Yeti", but that is what this creature has been dubbed by the press.

My wife and I took photos of the creature that’s being called ‘The Yardley Yeti”. It’s definitely not a fox, though it has some foxlike characteristics. Later this afternoon I’ll be posting my pics on my website. I’m an author and folklorist (with a strong interest in Cryptozoology).

Don Polec, a reporter for the ABC affiliate here in the Philly area interviewed me today and will be running the segment on the 6 o’clock news (Channel 6 in this area) tonight. I gave him a disk with copies of the pictures and he should be showing them tonight.

-Jonathan Maberry

Yardley Yeti

Photo credit Jonathan Maberry and Sara Jo West. Used with permission.

Yardley Yeti

Photo credit Jonathan Maberry and Sara Jo West. Used with permission.

Yardley Yeti

Photo credit Jonathan Maberry and Sara Jo West. Used with permission.

Yardley Yeti

Photo credit Jonathan Maberry and Sara Jo West. Used with permission.

It looks like a mangy red fox to me. What do the readers of Cryptomundo think?

Jonathan Maberry sent another photo of the creature near a vehicle for size comparison.

Yardley Yeti

Photo credit Jonathan Maberry and Sara Jo West. Used with permission. Click on image for full-size version


About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

69 Responses to “Exclusive Photos of the Yardley Yeti”

  1. Nerull responds:

    Mangy red fox. Just like you said.

  2. Nerull responds:

    This pic I found is a good one to compare with. Noting the shape of the legs and body.

    And this pic.

  3. LSU_Crypto responds:

    Thylacine!!! Or mangy fox that needs to be captured and treated.

  4. Trapster responds:

    Yes, it is a fox with mange. I catch them all the time.

  5. 3RedSquares responds:

    It looks like a mangy yeti to me.

  6. brineblank responds:

    Mangy red fox has my vote as well, although no one has ever seen a mangy yeti yet. Maybe this is what is under all that fur.

  7. greywolf responds:

    I agree red fox or maybe a dog but with the mange. Good grief, no animal control or game warden type to put this critter out of its misery.

  8. JonathanMaberry responds:

    Hmmm..lot of “mangy fox” comments. The animal I saw looked to be about 35-45 pounds, and probably 18-22 inches at the rear hips. This is horseback guess, of course, since I got no closer than about forty feet. Do foxes get that big?

  9. searoom responds:

    Having had several of these in our neighborhood, it’s a mangy fox.

  10. JRC responds:

    Come on folks, there is nothing in the pictures to give it scale. It could be 12′ long and 6′ high. With a ferocious mouth filled with razor sharp teeth. This may yet prove to be a Yetiesque creature at least in scale.

    But it won’t because this is so obviously a small, sick fox. I agree that it needs to be captured and treated if at all possible.

  11. Alton Higgins responds:

    The white tip on the tail would support a red fox identity for the pathetic-looking creature.

  12. JonathanMaberry responds:

    Okay. I defer to the fox experts. If it’s a fox with mange, then it must also have had a thyroid problem, because “small” is not an accurate word.

    Not “large” either, mind you…but I’ve never seen a fox as big as a medium-sized dog.

    But…as I say…if you’re fox experts, I defer.

  13. Sky King responds:

    “Come on folks, there is nothing in the pictures to give it scale. It could be 12′ long and 6′ high.”

    How true! Those could be boulders instead of driveway-sized gravel!

  14. twblack responds:

    I think a Fox in very poor health.

  15. JonathanMaberry responds:

    I just sent another pic to Craig. It shows the animal near the front of a car, which should give it scale.

    If you still think it’s a fox, that’s good enough for me.

  16. quill responds:

    Before I even saw the rest of the comments I said to myself “red fox with severe mange”. Poor thing.

  17. sausage1 responds:

    Ooh yes! A yeti!! Eat your words Chris Packham!!!!

    Common human decency demands it be put out of its misery.

  18. Trapster responds:

    Last spring some people called me to trap the “huge fox” that snarled at them in their back yard.. (they didn’t notice its babies nearby) anyway.. These people swore up and down this thing was the size of a “golden retriever.” Took afew days but I did eventually catch it.. its mate and the kits. The largest one of the bunch (the male) weighed just over 11 lbs. (Now they all live out away from people.) Case in point, in chance encounters, especially if the circumstances are surprising or unexpected, animals really can seem larger.

  19. One Eyed Cat responds:

    I have to defer to the fox experts here.

    More obvious to see what it is not here. Yardley Cryptid not spicy enought for the media? They can do better, really, I just did.

    It is obviously a sick animal, and really should be looked after by someone. But that is another subject, apparently

  20. cabochris responds:

    Hey! Somebody feed the poor thing!

  21. kamoeba responds:

    Personally, I think that whenever (1) an unidentified monster like this is given a positive I.D. as some everyday run-of-the-mill creature, or (2) a hoax is revealed to be just that, then it should be labeled a “Yarwen”.

    For example…

    One Guy: “Did you see the photos of that Maine mutant on Cryptomundo today?”

    Other Guy: “Yeah, it was only a Yarwen”


    One Guy: “Did you see that Tom Biscardi has the leg of a Bigfoot?”

    Other Guy: “Dominick, you fool, it’s probably just another Yarwen.”

  22. CryptoGoji responds:

    Dried up, shriveled, sun dried Yeti. Or just a bad and ugly fox.

  23. jackowenspillman responds:

    It’s The Yardley Yarwen!

  24. RockerEm responds:

    Gosh I’d say a fox, but the tail is weird. I don’t know. Large paws for a fox too which makes me wonder maybe if this is a new species of fox.

  25. a_welch90 responds:

    It sure looks like a fox of some sort. Nothing too incredibly out of the ordinary.

  26. shebelieves responds:

    To JonathanMaberry….
    Regardless of its size, Has anyone you spoke with mentioned the possibility of getting this poor fella to the Aark? Its a wildlife rehabilitation center in the Newtown/Wrightstown area. I dont think they do rescues, but I think they take care of any wildlife thats brought to them and they are all voulenteers. I wonder if animal control is trying to do anything, this poor guy/gal either needs some TLC or to be put out of its misery.

  27. MinnMonkeyMan responds:

    half starved grey hound/cross

  28. shovethenos responds:

    With the scale given by the car its most likely a red fox with mange.

  29. Sunny responds:

    Poor beast…sick, hungry, and desperate enough to venture out into the open in the broad daylight.

    I hope there’s no kits relying on this pathetic creature….how very, very sad.

    Hope they call the Aark to help it out.

  30. MrInspector responds:

    If I can get by a GMC place tomorow I’ll see if I can’t identify and measure the bumper on that pontiac and see just how tall it was. The estimate of 18-22″ at the rear hips seems a bit high to me. The human eye is notoriously bad at scaling to size at distance. It’s why our eyes can be fooled so easily with art work. Hence measuring the bumper for direct comparison and scaling. However, the feet of this animal do appear large for a fox, though this could be a photo compression artifact from a .jpg file. I just can’t make out the foot pad. It could be a small mangy coyote but it looks like a red fox. (just a tip .jpg is terrible for storage of important information. If you open multiple instances of jpg format images in your photo editor and zoom in you’ll notice discrepencies in pixel placement. These are due to comp/decomp. .BMP or bitmaps are much higher quality and contain much more detail but they do take up more space. 35mm is preferable, and for scans, go with the bitmaps. oh yeah, once they’re in jpg it’s too late to swap back the data is lost.)

  31. Cryptonut responds:

    Yeti is such an unfortunate description.

  32. Ray Soliday responds:

    Domestic dog with mange, it appears unafraid of close proximity to humans and is present in the middle of the day.

  33. youcantryreachingme responds:

    I didn’t think I had to say it – but seeing as the suggestion came up (somewhat tongue in cheek – I understand :) ) … that ain’t no thylacine 😀


  34. brianinja responds:

    notice any similarities here?

  35. sasquatch responds:

    FOX…done, may we move on now?

  36. shumway10973 responds:

    Looks like a mangy fox, but if the size isn’t quite right for fox–then we have a mangy coyote that’s quite small as well. Poor thing.

    I absolutely love it when people get all worked up over something as common as a sick mutt. If you want to see strange take a look at the .

    Just look at the shape of the jaw vs. the size of the snout. Not to mention that its most mean looking canines are on the lower half of the mouth. I can understand wondering about that one, but not just some mangy fox. By the way, they said that the elmendorf beast was just a mangy coyote.

  37. dreamdancernyc responds:

    Hasn’t anyone noticed that the second picture is clearly different from the rest? Nevermind that it is obviously a canine and suffering from mange. But the first and subsequent stills are different from the rest. Albeit the second, which like the others doesn’t have a clear view of the white tip normally associated with a fox tail. The muzzle in the first photo and after the second photo appears much broader and darker than the second picture, also the shape of the cranium and back legs is different. In the photos with the darker broad muzzle, the back legs are longer when compared to those of the second. The fore legs also appear to be thicker in the second photo as compared to the others. I agree that is a canid suffering from mange, but on first viewing there ARE noticeable differences where people might jump to conclusions. The second picture IMHO is definitely that of a fox but the others aren’t.

  38. kittenz responds:

    It is OBVIOUSLY a red fox with mange. I have treated more animals for mange than I could possibly enumerate. That is mange. It is caused by mites. This one looks like it has sarcoptic mange, which can be treated.

    Someone should trap it in a live trap, give it an injection or an oral dose of ivermectin, and rub it down all over with good old-fashioned Happy Jack Mange Medicine. Then release it in a protected area after it has recovered its fur.

    An argument could be made for putting it out of its misery, but since it has a very treatable condition, treatment should be attempted.

  39. skunkape_hunter responds:

    Some sort of canid with a skin ailment. Looks a bit tall for a fox, but not too tall to be a coyote.

  40. One Eyed Cat responds:

    The ‘ratty’ tail and paw size difference can be explained by the near bald condition of the coat. Eyes use to a full fox coat will notice differences from the lack of hair.

  41. Shihan responds:

    This is most likely a young and very ill coyote – for sure NOT a fox!

  42. miserable09 responds:

    Um, this is most likely photoshopped. And not very well. Sorry, I’m a graphic designer. I’d bet on it. The back legs are munged up with the background.

  43. Mnynames responds:

    Pointless to comment on the obvious, but I do have a relevent comment. What’s the deal with all the mangy fox and coyotes lately? Are there actually more infected with mange out there than there used to be, or are they just being reported more now that CZ is back on the pop culture radar?

  44. WVBotanist responds:

    This Yarwen was yet another fine opportunity to hone our skills. On the subject of new word-use conventions, here are a couple more:

    1) Googologist (noun)(Googology, Googological analysis, etc…) A researcher who relies on a quick Google search, particularly an image search.

    2) Perez (as in ‘being a total Perez’) – A vigilante, mercenary, or anyone who fires shots at an unknown biped.

    This is probably a fox, or perhaps a Basenji that has had a rough past few months. Being a Basenji, probably deserved (just kidding)

  45. WVBotanist responds:

    I just realized that the image with the car was linked to a larger version; I think we can say with some certainty that this unknown animal is faster than a Pontiac.

    Really, I am rethinking the fox thing. The size of the paws and the general lankiness of this animal suggests a very hungy domestic dog puppy, possibly a shepherd (German or American) – maybe even a young coyote. But the feet are too big and legs too long relative to the rest of the body for it to be a fox. This is based on memory, though, and not a thorough Googological analysis.

  46. MrInspector responds:

    Yes Mnynames! There are more cases of mange, this condition is caused by a skin parasite. As with most pest creatures the mild winters we have had of late has allowed thier numbers to explode along with mosquitoes and yellow jackets(note the giant sized yellow jacket colonies in Alabama)and every other pesky critter as well.
    Not to mention the habitat loss going on around the country has forced these animals who normaly avoid humans to come into contact with us more frequently, thus the higher number of sightings. These animals are sick and thus not as frisky about becomming scarce, be they coyote or fox, though I’m positive this is a red fox. The ears, tail, and size make it unlikely to be any other animal. I also made a photo comparison to determine it’s size.
    I identified the vehicle in the photo as a 2002 or 2005 Pontiac Grand AM. I measured both and found them to be identical enough for the purpose of the comparison. I then made a photo composite moving the animal to the front bumper with the actual measurements listed. The animal now shrinks to only 13-15″ at it’s “rear hips”(sic). I forwarded this photo composite to Mr. Maberry, as it is his photograph he holds the copyright and I don’t have any right to distribute it. If he decides to post it or forward it to Mr. Coleman or Mr. Woolheater, that’s up to him.

    That poor thing is very sick and about to die. It’s skin is necrotizing, it’s dehydrated, its ears will start to crumble, it’s eyes are already in bad shape, and soon it’s gums will have receded so far that it wont be able to eat, it really is in miserable shape. If untreated it will die anyway, so someone local rescue or shoot it please. I think in it’s current condition DNR would understand.

  47. UKCryptid responds:

    That poor dog :( It’s a dog with a serious health problem. There was a black bird in my garden the other day with a bald head, that means I can call it a yeti right?

  48. kittenz responds:

    “This is most likely a young and very ill coyote – for sure NOT a fox!”

    No. I disgree. It IS a fox. Coyotes don’t have the white tail tip and black legs that this poor thing has. Nor do coyotes have such a gracile, cat-like body. This is a fox.

    To people who have never seen a profound case of sarcoptic mange like this, it can make an animal look completely different than it did when it had fur. Carnivores, especially canids, usually have an underfur next to the skin which is a different color than the long guard fur that gives the animal its usual outward appearance. Many people don’t even recognize their own dog with its fur shaved off. Many times I have shaved down a collie, for instance, at the owner’s request, only to have them not recognize the dog when I led it out to them.

    About 8 years ago, I took in a stray dog that looked just as awful as this poor fox. He was a sickly pinkish-gray all over, with a long, ratlike tail. There were just a few, mostly silvery-gray, hairs on him. The people in the next hollow thought he was a wolf. If I had not had German shepherds all my life, I would not have recognized him as that breed. There was not even enough hair on him to tell what color he actually was, except that he was probably not pure black or pure white. He was a great big dog; even though he was emaciated when I found him he weighed about 85 lbs.

    I gave him injections of ivermectin every 2 weeks for 6 weeks, and applied Happy Jack Mange Medicine all over him. It is an all-natural, sulfur based product. The mange mites died and the dog’s fur grew back. He is now a beautiful black and tan German shepherd weighing about 108 lbs. But he could just as easily have become a Chupacabra legend if he had not been found and treated.

  49. mystery_man responds:

    This is turning into another “Maine Mutant” type thing.

  50. kittenz responds:

    I agree, mystery_man .

    The dog was a dog and the fox is a fox. Time to let Animal Control take care of the poor thing and move on.

  51. ilexoak responds:

    Just what red fox’s usually look like with a bad case of mange.


  52. kittenz responds:

    There are several reasons why these “sightings” of mangy dogs are becoming more common.

    Most people nowadays have very little contact with nature. They may have a pet dog or cat, usually a purebred that they purchased or an animal they adopted from a shelter. They see animals on Animal Planet, but most of the animals they see there are more or less healthy (unless they watch Animal Cops … if they do they will sometimes see dogs as mangy as this fox). So people fix an image of what an animal should look like in their minds, and if they see something out of the ordinary, they think it must be something new and different, or even supernatural.

    Most people do not realize what a scourge mange can be. Mange can kill. Even sarcoptic mange, which is easy to treat, can kill. (There are several other types of mange, all caused by mites, but they usually produce localized lesions, not total body involvement) When you see an animal like this fox, covered all over with sarcoptic mange, it will almost always be a young animal whose immune system is still maturing. Older animals are more resistant. Older animals can certainly get mange, but it takes longer for it to affect them, and usually does not involve the whole body. Mange affects not only canids but also cattle and othet animals. Herds of cattle are routinely run through dipping vats to treat and prevent mange. People can catch it, but when people get it it is called scabies, ans usually makes little sores around the ankles & wrists. Sarcoptic mange is highly contagious, but it is usually not fatal, except in the case of young animals such as this fox. When it covers the entire body like this, it leaves the animal with no protection from cold or heat, and the intense itching causes animals to scratch themselves, leaving sores which in turn can become infected with bacterial or fungal infections. Even though sarcoptic mange can completely denude an animal, the good news is that it can be treated 100% effectively, with older treatments such as dips, or with newer treatments such as spotton miticides and injectibles ivermectin.

    Among wild canids, the mortality rate for young animals is at least 60% and often higher. At least 60% of young canids die before reaching maturity, from diseases, worms and other parasites, or predation. Worms or disease compromise the immune system and allow skin conditions such as sarcoptic mange to run rampant.

    The human population is skyrocketing. More people are living in areas where once only wildlife lived. Also, in some areas, foxes and coyotes are experiencing their own population boom. Foxes and coyotes are very adaptable and are often found living close to humans. More people plus more critters equals more peple seeing critters.

    Last but not least, there are many more cameras floating around than ever before. Digital cameras abound, especially since the camera married the cellphone. So there are many more occasions when someone happens to have a camera on hand to photograph the unusual animal, and the internet makes it possible for that photo to be seen by many more people than was possible even a few years ago.

  53. MrInspector responds:

    Meow! Well said Kittenz.

  54. crypto_randz responds:

    You got to be kidding me, they call this the yardely yeti. I’m like everyone else here, what I see in the photos are a wild dog of some kind. This is not a mystery. There is no such thing as a yardely.

  55. ratz061 responds:

    From my best un-scientific guesstimation, it appears to be a very emaciated/hungry and scared canine-esque animal. With all the “fox” references, could be a fox/dog mix, or 100% fox. (The tail doesn’t look “foxy” to me.)

    The rehab post about the GermanShep is a reasonable assertion. Could just be a sick, hungry dog.

    I hope someone is able to get this unfortunate “beast” some TLC, or at least treat its skin condition and set it free, providing it is wild.

  56. JonathanMaberry responds:

    To clarify, the newspaperman who dubbed it the “Yardley Yeti” chose the name as a joke. Yardley is one of the towns in Bucks County, where it’s been spotted; and JD chose Yeti for purely fun and alliterative purposes.

    So, no need to get hung up on the name.

    As far as the nature of the beast, mangy fox is the leading contender (thanks to so many members here), or some kind of dog/coyote mix.

    Definitely not ‘just a dog’. That’s about the one thing everyone seems to be agreeing on.

  57. JonathanMaberry responds:

    And for those who have commented that we should get the think to a vet. That’s assuming we know where it is. I took those photos in a parking lot a year ago. Haven’t seen it since. The various folks throughout Bucks County have seen it, but only briefly.

    Certainly, if the thing was caught it should be taken to the humane society immediately. Partly for its own welfare and partly to reduce the risk of contagion with other animals. But you actually have to find it first, and so far no one’s done that.

    Another point is this: no one is claiming that it’s anything supernatural. All we here in Bucks County are saying is that it’s there, it’s real and we’re not sure what it is.

    So, there’s no attempt at hoax-building or myth making. Just curious residents looking for answers.

  58. JonathanMaberry responds:

    Also, I did send the photo of the animal with the car in the background to the owner of this website. That was a few days ago. He can post it any time he wants. Someone in an earlier post did some math based on measurements and determined that my guess of its height was off. Probably true. So, if the animal is several inches shorter than my guess, then its weight would be proportionately less. This again brings us back to “red fox with mange”.

    Now that we’ve more or less agreed on what it is, any suggestions on what to do next? I’ll pass them along to the police and the local humane society.

  59. mystery_man responds:

    Finding it would seem to be a priority but unfortunately, I doubt any law enforcement agency is going to spend a lot of man hours and rescources looking for a mangy fox. It just isn’t at the top of the list of priorities. Maybe the Humane Society? It is unfortunate, but the vast majority of people just aren’t going to care. I am unfamiliar with this area and the terrain around there. How feasible is it to go out looking for it? I remember there was another animal like this awhile back, can’t remember where it was. They caught it using a baited trap and it turned out to be excactly what people have been saying this one is, a fox with mange. Maybe a trap is possible?

  60. kittenz responds:

    If the photos were taken a year ago, the fox either beat the mange & recovered, or it died. It would not be able to survive for long in the condition it presents in these photos.

    My guess would be that it died, especially if it was not able to overcome the mange before really cold weather set in. But foxes are very resilient animals, and there is a chance that as it matured its immune system became strong enough to outlast the mange mites. In that case it will probably never become so heavily infested again.

    We will probably never know, of course. Wild animals usually try to hide when they become very ill in order to avoid opportunistic predators. But if I were a bettor, I’d bet that the poor thing has left this life.

  61. sempai responds:

    My wife and I saw this same creature about 4 months ago in Croydon in Bucks County, daytime walking up and down our sidewalk. We called animal control but they never came. We called it in as a sick fox.

  62. natedana responds:

    My first thought was a hyena (young and underfed). Any thoughts? Look at this photo.

  63. rwyly responds:

    Both my mother and I saw the same animal in my front yard in West Chester, PA on two seperate occassions. Trust me, it was the same animal and if you ask me, it was nothing I have ever seen before. Looked like a cross between a kangaroo and fox. I have seen plenty of fox, I have seen plenty of dogs- this was not like that. And you should see it run- very fast with it’s legs stretched out far. WIERD is all I have to say. I am just happy that this thing has been seen by others because my mother and I thought we were seeing things!

  64. Confused99 responds:

    Did anyone ever compare this to the image of an italian greyhound or perhaps a Whippett.

    I remember the first time I saw on my first thought was it wasn’t a dog, it seemed more like a Kangaroo’s head on backwards dog body.

    Just a thought but if you google Italian greyhound you may see something that looks similar.

  65. kittenz responds:

    I wish that everyone could have the opportunity to work in a busy rural veterinary hospital for at least a couple of years.

    I guess it’s hard for anyone who has not seen a dog or fox completely denuded by mange to comprehend just how alien they can look. Even a completely shaved dog still has enough fur to look like a dog (although they can look so different when they have been shaved that their owners don’t recognize them!) But when an animal has mange to the extent that it is nearly hairless, it does look startling. Add to the complete hairlessness the fact that the skin is also swollen and inflamed, which makes the paws looks bigger and the facial skin look puffy, and you have a strange-looking critter indeed. But anyone who has seen it and had to deal with it can recognize severe mange infestation – and I have no doubt that what I am seeing here is a fox with mange. Period.

  66. Little Jessie responds:

    some kind of k9

  67. Margie07 responds:

    Saturday 10/14/06 my daughter Sarah and I were traveling on Pine Road when just before Byberry Road this strange animal darted in front of my car. I said to Sarah it looks like a Kangeroo. The best description we can give is it brown, almost hairless, thin, pointed ears, and large back legs. Glad to hear others saw this.

  68. SittingFox responds:

    I run a fox website, and that is DEFINITELY a fox with mange. Foxes are tiny (scarcely bigger than a house cat) but they always look bigger at a distance. Even with my regular foxes, I’m always surprised at how much larger they seem when at a distance. Size-wise, they are an optical illusion.

    It is wrong to kill an animal for having mange for two reasons: the disease is easily treatable, and it is only present in North America because the federal government decided to deliberately infect wolves with it in the 19th century. Call it biological welfare if you like, but it was an appalling act driven by the demands of the cattle lobby. This fox, like countless hundreds of thousands of animals, is suffering as a result.

  69. Jonathan_maberry responds:

    I recently showed these photos to Adam Denish, DVM, a veterinarian and exotic animals consultant for a zoo in Pennsylvania. He said that although there are some similarities to the fox, he did not believe that the creature in the photos is a fox with mange.

    I’m no biologist, so I’ll just say that I’m still keeping an open mind on what this critter is.

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