Bigfoot Captured in Cambodia in 2003? Exhibited Soon?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 8th, 2006

Safuan Abu Bakar says we all will be seeing a captured Johor-like Hominid soon. What is this all about? Have we vanished down the rabbit’s hole finally and found ourselves in a twilight zone we did not know about existed in Malaysia?

New Straits Times
Spot Light: Supernatural sightings?
09 Jul 2006


If a toyol is bothering you, or your neighbourhood is being terrorised by a jin, who do you call? No, not the ghostbusters but the P-Team.

THEY are a team like no other and their members are made up of religious teachers and healers from Malaysia and neighbouring countries.

They are the paranormal team, but unlike the A-Team or the SWAT team, their job is rather unique.

Believe it or not, they deal with beings and happenings not many would want to encounter, in the seen and unseen world.

According to ustaz Safuan Abu Bakar, the team has captured beings ranging from mermaids, toyols and jins to the legendary Bigfoot that is making a name for itself in Johor.


Safuan said the P-Team had tracked down and captured a Bigfoot about six-foot tall in Cambodia three years ago.

"We will be bringing it down for an exhibition here as soon as we have enough money to make the transport arrangements," promised Safuan, 48.

"The team members come from Malaysia and neighbouring countries like Indonesia and Cambodia and we go wherever we are needed."

While most people would brush off these beings as mere myths, Safuan said he has encountered enough of these beings to know they are real.

"Take mermaids, for example. Whatever lives on land lives in the sea, too.

"There are lions and horses on land, so there are also sea lions and horses. Mermaids are like women who live in the sea."


How did the P-Team manage to capture a mermaid? Safuan said they tracked it down in a neighbouring country using mandram (magic) and yellow rice to draw it to the surface.

"Everyone knows of mermaids but most of the time, these creatures are portrayed as beautiful young women. But we have yet to see one that fits this description."

A mermaid, he explained, is "born" maybe once in a thousand years.

Safuan said the mermaid on display at the exhibition looks the same as it did when it was captured.

"An Australian wanted to buy it for RM300,000, but we cannot sell something as rare and special as this."

Safuan said the paranormal team was formed in 1993 and its latest mission was to capture a jin two months ago.

"During our missions, many of us have had bizarre and unexplainable experiences. But we pray and meditate before embarking on our missions and so far, none of us has been harmed.

"Most of us are also vegetarians and undergo a lot of spiritual preparation."

Safuan said the most common supernatural being the team has encountered is the toyol.

"Recently, a village was terrorised by a toyol and we assisted them in capturing the creature.

"The funny thing is when a toyol steals from a person’s wallet, it would not take all the money, unlike a human who would steal everything."

Safuan said all the exhibits were real and he welcomed any scientist or interested party to conduct experiments to prove they were not genuine.

"We have X-rays and DNA results to support our claims. Besides, some exhibits till today still emit the same smell as they did when we captured them.

"There are beings in the seen and unseen world. For those who don’t believe … it’s up to them."


‘Mermaid’ a crowd puller

AMONG the top draw at the "Genies, Ghosts and Coffins" exhibition is the ikan duyung (mermaid) which was captured off the coast of a neighbouring country several years ago.

The creature has the head and upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish, and it is believed to be two to three years old.

This creature symbolises a bond between land and sea creatures.

Another draw is the langsuir, which is said to be the flying vampire of Malaysia and can be only captured by those with strong spiritual powers.


It is said that a woman becomes such a creature if she dies in childbirth, or from the shock of hearing that her child is stillborn.

The Nyi Belorong or Nyai Blorong is represented as a beautiful female with the lower part of the body of a snake. The creature seduces the weak, especially men craving for riches.

It is commonly known as the snake demoness of wealth.

The jenglot is said to have existed before the dawn of man and has the same DNA and bone structure as humans. The creature is said to exist in China, Peru, Chile and Indonesia.

Other exhibits include the toyol, which was caught trying to steal money from a man’s wallet, and a jin, which has the ability to transform into various forms.


Scary fascination

CURIOSITY and a fascination for the supernatural world is attracting thousands to the "Genies, Ghosts and Coffins" exhibition at the Sultan Alam Shah Museum in Shah Alam.

Most of the visitors said they heard of the exhibition from friends and were curious to know what a toyol and jin looked like.

"My friend, who visited the exhibition, told me it was scary, so I decided to see it for myself," said Razman Mohd Amin, 32, who was at the exhibition with his friends.

He said the exhibit that fascinated him the most was the ikan duyung (mermaid).

"I have never seen anything like it. It is unbelievable."

Australians Michael and Susan Mitchell said they were visiting several spots in Shah Alam and chanced upon the exhibition.

"It’s really cool. We have never seen anything like this before," said Michael.

"If these creatures are real, then they should be exhibited around the world."

In Australia, he said the only supernatural beings talked about are vampires and werewolves.

"We were told that various kinds of supernatural beings existed in Asian countries. It is really fascinating to actually see them."


Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

21 Responses to “Bigfoot Captured in Cambodia in 2003? Exhibited Soon?”

  1. Jamie responds:

    I’m thinking someone must have put LSD in the rabbit hole.

  2. stonelk responds:

    No need for LSD in the rabbit hole, plenty of magic cakes and mushrooms or a puff from the catterpillars hooka if you are so inclined. I would like to see the exhibit. There is a museum of curiosities in Long Beach Washington, I think it is called “Mott’s”. In the museum locked in a glass case is the Fiji mermaid. I think it belonged to P.T. Barnum at one time. It is most likley fake but it’s still creepy to stare at this thing.

  3. shovethenos responds:

    I’m skeptical of the “we just need enough money to bring the animal over”. And of course a lot of the supernatural imagery doesn’t help their case.

    Speaking of the Cambodia area:

    Loren, how active is Cambodia/Vietnam? If I recall correctly your theory on the “Minnesota Iceman” was that someone shot an actual cryptid through the eye during the Vietnam War (or surrounding conflicts) and smuggled it over here and put it on ice. Is there much documented activity over there recently?

  4. Loren Coleman responds:

    Some clarifications:

    This reprinted article is one full of questions, including was it mostly done as an overview of the museum or an attempt at seriously transmitting some “believed” incidents. It was strange to find and read it in the New Straits Times.

    The Feejee mermaid does not still exist in any cabinet of curiosities-type museums in America or anyplace else. But manufactured copies of the Feejee mermaid abound everywhere. The original historic one that P.T. Barnum owned was destroyed in a fire at his American Museum in the 1860s.

    It was not my idea that the Minnesota Iceman came from Cambodia or Vietnam. I have written about the theory in Bigfoot! and I do fully credit that hypothesis to Bernard Heuvelmans, with later support from Australian anthropologist Helmut Loofs-Wissowa.

    In recent years, researcher Vern Weitzel has kept track of the Vietnam situation, and sightings of hairy unknown bipedal hominids are still current from there. However, alleged captures are not.

  5. Mars_Bonfire responds:

    Man, I sleep better at night just knowing Safuan is out there! Good work, buddy! Where’ve you been all this time? When you’re not too busy, we’ve got assignments for you over here at Lake Champlain, the Myrtles Plantation, Marfa, Gulf Breeze, Amityville, the grassy knoll, and at Don Juan’s hideout with the Yaquis.
    We can subsidize all your expenses by selling any captured fiends on eBay, or we can trade you some nice signed CDs by Elvis and Hank Williams, Sr., maybe even some signed copies of Othello by Big Bill Shakespeare.

  6. sausage1 responds:



  7. Ole Bub responds:

    Good morning Bloggers

    Perhaps Biscardi et al…have relatives in Cambodia…JMHO

    seeing is believing…

    ole bub and the dawgs

  8. Scarfe responds:

    Sounds like a lot of woo-woo to me.

    No more crazy than some of the stuff people believe or want us to believe in North America (i.e. Sylvia Brown)

  9. English Boy responds:

    lol that mermaid doesnt look real

  10. smit833 responds:

    Well if one is capable of magic then this is to be expected!

  11. shovethenos responds:

    Thanks for the clarification. With the dense jungles those areas possess they are as likely places for a breakthrough as anywhere else.

  12. Sky King responds:

    HEY RUBE!!

  13. shadowparks responds:

    If they are so real. Why not donate them to science? Kinda makes you wonder what they are smoking.

  14. LordofShades responds:

    I think the collection is interesting, regardless of the obvious fakery. What further intrigues me is the mythology in almost every country on the planet reflects so many of our own undiscovered/unverified creatures, such as mermaids, werewolves, vampires and the like. But other than the interest the collection may be intended to foster, it annoys me that that some people slap the title of “Professional” on their group and declare themselves to be the foremost authority on the subject. They needs funds to transport a bigfoot? But they have no problem bouncing from country to country with all their equipment? They need the funds to fabricate another hoax. The mermaid in the collection, baited with yellow rice? I mean, c’mon. And it’s looks haven’t changed since it’s “capture”? Mermaids are decrepit, rotting and desicated? I find this whole venture of their’s insulting. And I sincerely hope someday the scientific community garners enough clout to penalize hoaxers and possibly fine them so they can use the funds conduct to more worthwhile pursuits in the name of science. Sorry for ranting.

  15. youcantryreachingme responds:

    shoethenos (3) wrote “a lot of the supernatural imagery doesn’t help their case

    On the contrary. I would expect a very large proportion of the world’s (human) population have sufficient faith in things supernatural or magical that presenting their findings in this way would indeed help their cause a lot.

  16. cor2879 responds:

    Seems there have been quite a few ‘mermaids’ in the past that are nothing more than a monkey’s torso attached to a fish tail. This one certainly looks no different.

  17. RocketSeason responds:

    Lets…just…not give these people any more press ok?

  18. Loren Coleman responds:

    Dear RocketSeason..That sounds all fine and good, but what would you rather have happen…have the above show up in press accounts as “a new report of a Bigfoot captured in Johor” or make your own decision within the proper context of what is occurring?

    For Cryptomundo, it is all about keeping people informed…fully.

  19. Jeremy_Wells responds:

    What is lost in all this, except for one comment from shovethenos, is that there are a LOT of finds coming out of south east asia.
    Look at what has been posted here recently, such as the rock rat, and at other finds new to science (but known to natives) like the tiny, 20 inch tall leaf deer or leaf muntjac (1999) and the striped ammanite rabbit from the border with Laos (again 1999) and the Large Antlered Muntjac (1994)…
    There is a lot still to be found in this part of the world.
    Sad that the reason some of it seems to be being found is that we are quickly depleting the habitat, but these finds would seem to point to a need to keep one eye focused on that corner of the globe (one critical eye, that is).

  20. stonelk responds:

    I had previously posted that I had seen the feejee mermaid at a museum of curiosities. I was mistaken. It was Jake The Alligator Man at Marsh’s Free Museum in Longbeach Washington. Thothweb has a story posted today on the alligator man. I think it is worth reading if only to compare with the above story.

    There is also a link to the Marsh’s Free Museum page. It has been years since I have been to Marsh’s, It is a fun place to take the kids.

  21. twblack responds:

    I say we hook this group up with Mr. B and Mr. Moneymaker what a team they would make!!

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