Alamas means "wildman" in Mongolian. Accounts have described the figure as a " man-animal", half human and half ape. Alamas are said to reside in the Altai mountains in western Mongolia and in the Tien Shan mountains of neighboring Sinkiang in the People's Republic of China. Their bodies are covered with hair except for the hands and face. They are said to run around in the hills like animals and eat foliage. Adult Alamas, described as about five feet tall, are said to be very shy creatures.