Mephisto - Lesser Yeti
(Known in Algonquin as Wendigo, the more famous Sasquatch or se'sxac, meaning "wild man" in the Native American Salish language)
Snarling, or just hay fever: Mephisto in the grass
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elieved to be the descendent of the Gigantopithelus species, an ancient mountain gorilla most closely related to the orangutan. While both Greater and Lesser Yetis are commonplace in the Himalayan mountain range, it was widely believed that only the larger Yeti, renamed Bigfoot, made the trip over the Barren Straits to North America. However, this is a great example of a Lesser Yeti.

Mephisto has the identifying reddish-black hair covering his body and during his lifetime his odor was almost unbearable to a new acquaintance.

All Sasquatch live in small groups. Couples do form during the birthing and initial raising of infants, and by implication, somewhat before. They are strict vegetarians and beyond their fierce countenance are very endearing individuals. This species avoids contact with civilization and its population dwindled as human settlements spread.

Researchers explain Mephisto’s ability to interact with civilization as the specie’s last gasp. Truly Mephisto was the last of the North American Lesser Yeti.

Sometime in the late 1800’s, a traveling German poet, horse doctor and “Purveyor of Remedies for man and beast” named Jake Kraemer arrived in Berlin (Kitchener). Jake was a familiar sight, since he continually traveled with horse in tow, covered with goods he was selling. Jake’s arrival went unnoticed in print, but we can be sure it was on a Friday, since that was the day that the local barber George Debus waved his usual 25cents for a tooth extraction. Oral history tells us that it was a difficult and horrible pulling, which required George Klien, assistant dentist and the butcher from next door, to use all of his strength to hold down Jake. Both Georges agreed afterwards that this indeed was the largest tooth they had ever seen.

In exchange, Jake offered Debus what looked like a ragged red dog walking on its hind legs. Unable to refuse, Debus decided that this pet did not suit his nobby style. So the barber cleaned up Mephisto, complete with mustache grease and silver wraps for prominent bumps on his skull.

George Debus, in addition to being the town barber also acted as counsel to the government in Berlin at the turn of the century. He was most remembered by his family for his red carnation and his gray parrot, which mocked dogs, but it was clear that Debus was very protective of Mephisto. The family lovingly stuffed Mephisto upon his death and donated him to the Marbury Menagerie in the 1920’s.Debus was not stuffed.

Vance Orchard has been searching for the yeti since the sixties. read more in Bigfoot of the Blues.


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