Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 2nd, 2007
The above photograph was published and broadcast worldwide on December 1, 2007. It allegedly shows “Destination: Truth” TV host Josh Gates displaying a sample cast of what was said to be a footprint found in Nepal’s Khumbu region. Gates talked to Asian reporters in Katmandu on Friday, November 30, 2007, about his find and the above photo was published with the story.
The cast was labeled, therefore, by the media as that of a “probable Yeti.”
I want to go on the record to say this looks like and may be a stock photograph of the alleged footprint cast that the “Destination: Truth” crew and Josh Gates collected in Malaysia in February 2006, which was said to be from a Malaysia “Bigfoot” or Orang Dalam. Needless to say, the cast could have been from an unknown hairy hominoid, or even from a Sumatran rhino that stepped on a stick.
There is no way the track cast being published on December 1st is from any Yeti footprints reportedly recently found in Nepal ~ if compared to what has been taken from Nepal in the past. I’d say it was merely a copy of the Johor footcast, and not even the first-generation alleged Johor Orang Dalam cast.
I post the new image being sent around first (up top), followed (below) by the other images of Josh Gates with the original Malaysia track cast from “Destination: Truth’s” season one Malaysia expedition of February 2006.
Syed Abdullah (left) and Dr. Kenny Fong with the Singapore-based group, SPI (the Seekers), are shown above with the cast. Their group was with Josh Gates and the film crew when the Johor, Malaysian foot track was found and cast. The Seekers group said the footprint, measuring 45.5cm by 36cm, was among several spotted by the team of investigators on February 21, 2006, in the rainforest.
Also, it is worthy of noting that the Malaysian government refused to allow “Destination: Truth” and Josh Gates permission to take the original Johor cast out of their country. The original was retained by the Seekers (who months later tried to sell it so they could promote a “mummy” instead) and Gates took a copy out of Malaysia. Could the photograph at the top of this blog be of Gates with the copy of the Johor cast?
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.