A 'little hairy man' was heard calling out to a pal before jumping on the roof of a family home, a biologist claims.

Wildlife expert and lecturer Gary Opit believes his daughter came face to face with a gibbon-like creature on December 20 last year in Nimbin, New South Wales, Australia.

But as an expert in zoology, Gary dismissed the sighting as any known ape because they do not live in the area.

Gary said: "Our daughter and her partner when staying with us over Christmas saw a Nimbinjee or little hairy man jump up onto our roof at 2am and from their description was exactly like a gibbon in all respects.

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"Of course there are no gibbons here and there have never been nocturnal and terrestrial gibbons known. They said that there were two of them calling quietly to one another. We have an audio recording of the calls and a coloured illustration of what they saw.”

Cryptzoology researcher Andrew McGrath reports the so-called Nimbinjee as being three to four feet tall, with brown skin and covered with dark brown or red hair.

What makes it particularly strange is the fact it is bipedal, standing upright and makes strange barks that sound like “arroo, ARROO, arroo”, interspersed with a gurgling, “gu-gu-gu-gu,” Andy added.

Witnesses from across Australia say they have also heard the Nimbinjee cackle like a chicken.

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Gary who hosts a weekly radio show, says whatever climbed onto his house last year could have been the same creature he heard in Koonyam Range bushland in June 1996.

He said: "Twice at dusk I heard within 100 metres of the house a loud and powerful call – "ruuff" – of an animal that I could not identify. I did not observe the animal but was fortunate enough to hear what I believe was its territorial call.”

"Approximately 50 metres away near a dry creek bed, in eucalypt forest, a series of some 90-loud bark-like calls rent the air.

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“In the same locality, I have had an animal approach to within a few metres of me through dense vegetation cracking two sticks together over several minutes, even as my dog barked at it and then it silently disappeared.

"Could these be evidence of a Hobbit living in my locality?"

Andy explained that Aboriginal people have many stories of the little hairy man brazenly tapping someone on the shoulder and even wrestling with them before running away.

Gary suspects he came across evidence of the Nimbinjee's activity in the form of footprints, on August 9 2008.

“On Saturday 9th August 2008 Ray Westrap and I found small child-sized footprints that led from a wallaby track on our property onto the Jones Road track where it had walked through shallow water in the large depression and I photographed them.

“Small child-like footprints for 3 metres were visible along the rut and on the two lumps of mud that had been scooped out and thrown down. This showed lots of activity of little feet walking back & forth along the rut pushing mud onto previous footprints."

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