Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Vietnamese Big Foot

Ryan sent me this wikipedia link. Apparently every country has a Big Foot:

The Batutut or Ujit, sometimes also known as "forest people", is a proposed hominid cryptid, reputedly similar to the bigfoot, thought to inhabit the Vu Quang nature reserve and other wilderness areas of Vietnam, Laos and northern Borneo. The Vu Quang has been the source of a number of newly discovered mammals by Dr. John MacKinnon. Mackinnon claims to have first observed tracks in 1970 that led him to believe that a hominid similar to the Meganthropus lives there (instead, cryptozoologist Loren Coleman believes that the Batutut are a surviving population of Homo erectus or Neanderthal.[1]). Mackinnon's 1975 book In Search Of The Red Ape describes his experiences and findings.[2] A 1947 sighting by a French colonist refers to the animal as a L'Homme Sauvage (wild man).[3] Vietnamese scholars refer to the animal as the Người Rừng ("forest man").[4]

It is described as being approximately 1.8 m (6 ft) tall and covered with hair except in the knees, the soles of the feet, the hands, and the face. The hair ranges in color from gray to brown to black. The creature walks on two legs and has been reported both solitary and moving in small groups. The creature is most often sighted foraging for food from fruits and leaves to langers and even flying foxes.

I can report (thankfully) that Huyen and I never saw Batutut on our trip.