The following notice appeared at the turn of the nineteenth century, tucked away on the third page of a Glaswegian periodical. Unlike other colonial news from this period, reportage from the Cape of Good Hope seems to have been devoted almost entirely to lamentable shipwrecks and cutting-edge cryptozoology.
There is now, in the River an astonishing large Hairy Wild Man, caught four hundred miles from the Cape of Good Hope, brought over in the Rambler, South Sea Whaler; he is of astonishing muscular strength, a specimen of which had nearly proved fatal to one of the Custome-house Officers, who inadvertently went too near him; he seized hold of the man, twirled him about two or three times with the greatest velocity, and then threw him over the side. Luckily the man escaped with a horrid fright and a sound ducking.
—Glasgow Advertiser, 7 September 1800