Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 17th, 2006
The media items from Malaysia of the ongoing Bigfoot investigations, of course, are sounding less and less like the traditional Pacific Northwest Bigfoot. No surprise there.
More elaborate photographs of the track finds have been published, and illustrations of the folk art representing the creatures have been printed, as well.
The Asian Paranormal Investigation findings run 49 pages long, and, in essence, deconstructs the media and wonders if there’s a “Bigfoot” at all behind the sightings. The API report concludes the encounters are with Malay orangutans. Of course, cryptozoologically speaking, this would still be a worthy discovery, as orangutans have not been on the mainland for thousands of years.
The serjarang gigi, shown here, is another name that the API reports is used for the Malaysian Bigfoot.
The New Straits Times of February 18, 2006 notes:
While the State Government is preparing its scientific expedition in April to track down the creature, a group from Singapore has conducted a Bigfoot experiment in Batam. Members of the Singapore Paranormal Investigators group had planned a search in the jungles of Johor earlier this month, but their request to the Johor National Park Corporation for permission was turned down.
Meanwhile, our Cryptomundo exclusives (see Harold Stephens Interview, Part I; Harold Stephens Interview, Part II; all Malaysian Bigfoot Cryptomundo postings) made news in Malaysia. The New Straits Times wrote:
International Bigfoot websites such as the Bigfoot Research Organisation and Cryptomundo are running online discussions and advisories on the Johor Bigfoot. Cryptomundo recently ran an interview with Bangkok- based travel correspondent and author Harold Stephens.
This was followed by nine paragraphs paraphrased from Cryptomundo about Stephens’ 1970s expedition discoveries about Orang Dalam.
While the story has died down in the West (after all, what could compete against the Cheney-shoots-friend-not-quail story), in Malaysia, at least, the “Bigfoot” interest remains high.
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.