Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 16th, 2008
Editorial Cartoon: “Bigfoot in Sarawak” posted by Kher Cheng Guan.
The giant footprints found in a fishing village in Daro [Borneo] are a fake.
“It’s man-made and a hoax,” Sarawak Museum anthropologist Dr. Charles Leh said yesterday while dismissing news reports that the two sets of footprints found in a village in Mukah division were those of “Bigfoot”, an ape-like creature said to be found in North America.
He said the hoax may be an attempt to attract people to Daro.
Leh, who is also the assistant director of the museum, based his opinion on an analysis of the published photographs.
He said based on the position of the footprints in one photograph, he wondered why “Bigfoot” did not clip the corner of the fence instead of walking around it.
“If it was Bigfoot, he would not have walked around the fence. The 10-foot fence would have tripped him.
“There are no signs of damage to the fence or of a giant falling on the ground near the fence.”
He added the foot stumps were “too light” for a giant.
Leh said the footprint measuring 119cm from heel to toe and 43cm across, indicated “Bigfoot” must weigh more than 200kg.
“But the impression was too shallow for something weighing more than 200kg.
“Unless more footprints are found, I am not going to waste my time going there to investigate,” he added.
Thousands of people have flocked to the small Melanau town to get a glimpse of the footprints since word of the find began spreading a week ago.
The Borneo Post and See Hua newspapers reported the “phenomenon” on Friday, based on the account of a businessman.
The discovery of the prints caused a stir in the area where a deeply superstitious community live.
A host of ghostly stories was spawned with similar sightings elsewhere.“‘Bigfoot’ is someone’s idea of a joke,” by Desmond Davidson, The New Straits Times, June 16, 2008.
The photo of the Daro Bigfoot which Dr. Charles Leh dismissed as a fake. — Picture courtesy of The Borneo Post, by Tan Soon Kuang.
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.