The Chuchunaa (“outcast,” or “fugitive”), also known as the Tjutjuna, is a hominid cryptid rumored to live in the snowy depths of Siberia. Described as almost 2 meters (6 ft) tall, with protruding brows, long matted hair, and a full beard, many people believe them to be surviving Neanderthal or Homo gardarensis. Unusually for such legends, the Chuchunaa was commonly reported to wear clothing made of deer skin.
In 1933, Professor P. Dravert, after hearing accounts that the Chuchunaa were being hunted, petitioned the Soviet government to put an end to the practice, calling for the creatures to be recognized as full citizens of the Soviet Union and therefore deserving of equal rights under the law. His call to action went unheeded at the time, but as recently as 1970, geologist Vladimir Pushkarev was conducting research on the creatures, concluding that their numbers were dwindling as civilization encroached on their territory.
Once reported so often that the Soviet government was fairly convinced of their existence, there have been only a few modern sightings of the creature, mostly unreliable or unsubstantiated, and a few of the standard blurry/shaky videos, such as the one above, have surfaced on YouTube.
Some reports insist that the Chuchunaa are man-eaters and that they have a tendency to steal food and supplies from campsites. Despite a wealth of tales from throughout history, no physical evidence of any kind has been found to support the Chuchunaa legend.