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?
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.
Credit for “Bigfoot” tracks: Malaysia’s The New Straits Times.
Credit for Sumatran Rhino track: Malaysia’s Wildasia.net.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.