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New Malaysian Footprints

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 24th, 2006

There’s been a new find of some remarkable footprints in Malaysia.

They appear to be four-toed. Are they the tracks of the unknown hairy hominoid, the Orang Dalam from Malaysia? Or something else?

Malaysia Bigfoot Footprints

As the media report notes: “Bio-dioversity researcher Vincent Chow, who yesterday [Tuesday, January 23, 2006, local Malaysia time] led a team of eight Bigfoot enthusiasts, including a professional from England, to investigate the footprints, said there was a strong possibility they were made by a Bigfoot creature.”

The team decided they were not the tracks of elephants. But could this one animal that left footprints, but was not seen, have been a rhinoceros? Rhinos are three-toed, but they often leave prints that look like blurred four-toed tracks.

The country of Malaysia is the site of and supports the very rare Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis). The apparently extinct in Malaysia, Javan Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus), however, has not been seen there since 1932.

Compare for yourself the Malaysian “Bigfoot” tracks and the Sumatran Rhinoceros footprint shown here.

Look behind the highlighted Malaysian “Bigfoot track” in the photo, and note that the rear track has more the appearance and structure of a rounded rhino footprint.

Let’s hope some other photographs and, indeed, casts were collected of these Malaysian “Bigfoot” tracks before we go overboard with too much excitement. They could turn out to be the tracks of the extremely endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros, which, in and of itself, would be cause for celebration.

Sumatran Rhino Track

Credit for “Bigfoot” tracks: Malaysia’s The New Straits Times.

Credit for Sumatran Rhino track: Malaysia’s Wildasia.net.

About Loren Coleman
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.


7 Responses to “New Malaysian Footprints”

  1. flickerbulbcom responds:

    given that an adult male Sumatran Rhinoceros is “only” about 8 feet long, the sheere size of those footprints compared to the stride length makes it seem unlikely to be from one, to me, at first blush.

  2. Loren Coleman responds:

    And how much would you expect the stride between the left and right front feet to be?

    See the closeness in rhino footprints here.

  3. Ant responds:

    I don’t know what that is suppose to illustrate, but I’d lean toward it being more of a handprint than a footprint if it is from a bigfoot or ”orang dalam.” What do I know?

  4. muskrat responds:

    It seems pretty doubtful to me that anything, cryptid or otherwise, would step in enough material to make one clear footprint and then none other after that (think of how many times you’ve spilled flour and then left tracks all over the house).
    It looks more to me like a bag of sand or something fell off a truck and bounced once, and then the guy stopped to pick it up leaving only the traces of spilled and slightly splattered material (albiet in an interesting pattern)

  5. Loren Coleman responds:

    These need to be compared to past Malaysian footprints of unknown hairy hominoids, too, of course.

    For over thirty years, large four-toed prints have been found there.

  6. MCCLURE1257702 responds:

    Looks like the evidence is mounting in proving the existense of this creature. I’m looking forward to when they prove once and for all that a BIGFOOT species does exist because it will get people thinking about the NORTH AMERICAN BIGFOOT and this I believe will finally get the ball rolling and proving that NORTH AMERICAN has a unknown PRIMATE and also this will shut up the skeptics once and for all. And also get the laws in effect quickly to protect these creatures and get them classified and also this could very well help prove the existense of other BIGFOOT-LIKE CREATURES. Looking forward to the day this will happen.

  7. CryptoInformant responds:

    To me it looks like one got its knee and hand all muddy, made a knee and hand print, then wiped the rest off on the grass.



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