I was recently contacted by Tim Binnall, owner of the Binnall of America website and podcast of the same name. Tim recently interviewed our mutual friend, cryptid researcher Adam Davies and asked if I might post a link to the interview somewhere on the Paranomalist blog.
Always more than happy to assist both Tim and Adam in any way I can, the following is Tim’s summary of his interview with Adam concerning his most recent research expedition to Sumatra, as well as other issues within the field of cryptozoology:
Wrapping up our triumverate of annual episodes, we welcome acclaimed cryptozoologist and extreme explorer Adam Davies for a conversation about his 2011 expedition to Sumatra in search of the Orang Pendek. We’ll talk about the growing evidence and scientific support for the reality of the creature as well as get an in-depth recounting of Adam’s journey to Sumatra this past year.
We’ll find out how the expedition differed from the trips of previous years as well as the evidence collected on this recent visit to Sumatra. Along the way, we’ll talk about the drawbacks of eyewitness sightings of the creature, the buzz surrounding Orang Pendek in recent years, the passing of Adam’s Sumatran guide Sahar, and the contributions of longtime Orang Pendek researcher Debbie Martyr. Additionally, we’ll discuss sea serpents and the North American Bigfoot as well.
As is custom when Adam Davies visits the show, it’s a fast, loose, candid, and highly informative conversation that will bring the listeners right to the very razor’s edge of Orang Pendek research.
The Center for Fortean Zoology has organized another expedition to Sumatra in search of the famed Orang Pendek, a short, powerful, bipedal hominoid, sightings of which have been reported for centuries by the indigenous people of the Sumatran rain forests.
Here is the information given to me by expedition leader and cryptid researcher Adam Davies:
“We leave Friday, September 9, 20011 and will return on the 25th of September, late night. I will be leading the expedition, which is entitled The CFZ Sumatra Expedition 2011. There will be two teams to maximise our chances of finding evidence of the creature.
Team 1 will be at high altitude, and will make its base camp by the shores of a lake at top of the Gunung Tujuh volcano. It will comprise me, Andy Sanderson, Tim De Friel, Zoologist Richard Freeman and Tracker Dave Archer. This is the area where Dave saw the OP in 2009, when he was with guides Sahar, Donni and myself. Sahar and Donni will again be joining us there.
Team 2 will be led by Dr. Chris Clark, and will also include Rebecca Lang and Mike Williams of CFZ Australia, as well as Lisa Maslan and Tracker Jon McGowan. This team will focus on the area between the farmland and the jungle, where there has been a concentration of eyewitness reports from locals, and is also in the vicinity of where Andy and I heard an OP call in 2004.
All teams will be using a combination of technology, and local and personal expertise in the field to maximise our chances of getting results! Any evidence we do bring back will of course be rigorously analysed by independent respected academics, who are already on stand by.”
Evidence from previous expeditions to Sumatra in search of Orang Pendek have been compelling enough (see DNA Evidence of Mystery Ape!) to warrant yet another expedition in the attempt to find further proof of the creature’s existence.
When questioned the possibility of new techniques being employed in the search for Orang Pendek, Mr. Davies was somewhat evasive, saying only that they’ll be doing something “a little different this time around”, but declined to say exactly what this will be. I assume Adam’s reluctance to divulge these details are to avoid tipping off the OP, who I assume is a regular reader of The Paranomalist.
As always, I wish the best of luck to Adam and the entire CFZ team and hope they have a safe, productive and fruitful journey. I’ll look forward to hearing more about it upon their return.
This is certainly not an unreasonable question to ask, especially given some basic and striking facts about the two. Firstly, they both live or lived in the same chain of tropical islands in Indonesia. Secondly, stories about them amongst local people go back for many centuries. Therefore, it is appropriate to consider their possible symbiosis next to broader evolutionary principles.
In his article, ‘Flores, God and Cryptozoology’, Henry Gee makes the point that up until the 1970’s ‘evolutionary thought was couched in terms of a linear progressive trajectory rising from lower forms of life and culminating in man’. Of course this is not the case, and Gee makes the very good point that ‘human evolution is like a bush not a ladder’. It is only in our very recent history that Homo Sapiens has found himself alone as the only type of human on the planet.
So, with Flores man existing even by conservative estimates recently as 18,000 years ago (and highly probably much more recently given the local legends), credible speculation as to parallels between the two do become necessary. However, I want to clearly state that in my opinion the two creatures are not the same, for a number of pertinent reasons.
Starting with physical descriptions. Homo floresiensis for example, is conjectured to have been somewhat slight in build physically, and to have stood approximately 3 foot six inches tall. The Orang-Pendek , although not large by stature, (approx 5 feet tall and upwards) has an altogether different more robust physical structure.
Eyewitnesses regularly report its muscular development as being on a par with that of apes like the Chimpanzee. For example, the farmer who saw the Orang-Pendek in his barn given in Tim de Friel’s account last year, described its ‘huge torso’. I personally have seen evidence of an Orang-Pendek turning over a log that would have taken two or three men to lift, as it appeared to forage for insects as it moved through the jungle. The print , and subsequent hairs found on two occasions, have been analysed as being from an unknown primate. True, the Orang-Pendek does have a ‘human like face’ (as does the Gibbon), but there the similarity ends in terms of physiology.
It is also important to consider behavioural aspects when affecting comparisons. Homo floresiensis clearly used fires for cooking, and had stone tools commensurate with those used by Homo sapiens in the Upper Palaeolithic Tradition. There is no evidence that the Orang-Pendek has any ability to make fires, and its tool use seems at best, commensurate with that of a Chimpanzee. Further, as demonstrated by the concentration of finds in the Ling Bua cave, Homo floresiensis was a sociable creature.
The Orang-Pendek in contrast, seems to be predominantly solitary. Accounts of seeing more than one Orang-Pendek at any one time are very rare. I have no doubt that the Orang-Pendek exists. Indeed, I have gone to some lengths to describe the scientific evidence I have gathered to support that assertion (See Edge Science Magazine, issue 7 ‘A New Primate Species in Sumatra’).
Its is quite clear though that Homo floresiensis and the Orang-Pendek are two very different creatures. One sadly extinct, and one which may be very close to extinction. I will continue to do my best to prevent this!
— Adam Davies.
In 2007, in the very first broadcast of the now-defunct The Paranomalists podcast, my co-hosts and I had the pleasure of speaking with Irish author Herbie Brennan. Herbie penned the very successful Faerie Wars series of books, which I’ve read and enjoyed very much. Most recently, Mr. Brennan wrote The Shadow Project and The Doomsday Box.
We spoke with Mr. Brennan by phone from his home in Ireland and found him to be a delightful gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor. We talked at length about a number of subjects, including Bronze Age megalithic structures, stone circles, and Celtic mythology. I eventually asked Herbie his opinion of the possibility of the existence of a “Faerie Realm” where the beings of Irish folklore reside.
Herbie replied by saying that he was reluctant to believe in such things, but he had several experiences in his lifetime that changed his opinion of the reality of fairies. One of those experiences occurred when he was a young man living on a country estate in County Kildare, Ireland. On this property was a Bronze Age earthen ring which stood roughly fifteen feet high and surrounded a megalith, or standing stone, of about eighteen feet in height. This particular megalith, called Longstone Rath, is a fairly well-known structure and one of many that are found throughout Ireland and the British Islands.
On Halloween of 1971, Mr. Brennan was visited by an old friend named Jim Henry. Later that evening, sometime “well after eleven o’clock at night”, according to Herbie, Jim asked to see this rath. Shortly after arriving at the site of the ancient structure, Herbie reports that his friend had a distinct feeling that his presence their was unwelcome, remarking “I don’t think this place likes me.”
Shortly thereafter, as Herbie and Jim turned to leave the rath, along the top of the earthen ring, there suddenly appeared a herd of approximately twenty to twenty-five tiny, white horses “no bigger than cocker spaniels”, in the words of Mr. Brennan. The tiny horses galloped along the top of the earthwork, disappearing down the opposite side. Herbie and Jim ran out of the rath andto the other side to see what had happened to to the tiny horses, but they had vanished. Neither man had any explanation for what they had just seen.
Some years later, Herbie told the story of the white horses to his good friend, the late author Desmond Leslie. Leslie had a fascination with mythology and was quite knowledgeable about the subject. Upon hearing Herbie’s account of the tiny horses, Leslie replied, “Dear boy, don’t you know what those were?”. Herbie replied that he had no idea whatsoever what they were, only that he’d seen them. “Those were faerie horses,” Mr. Leslie continued. “They’re associated with the megaliths of Ireland, and there are also reports of them in Japan.”
Fairy Horses in Mythology
Of course, stories of fairy horses and mythological steeds abound in Celtic folklore, as well as in many other cultures. Some of the more common names known to most of us are the Pegasus, Unicorn, and Centaur. In Norse mythology the god Odin rode an eight-legged horse named Sleipnir, the greatest of all horses. Among the Celts, there are the Scottish Kelpie, or water-horse; the Phooka, a shape-shifting creature that often appears in horse form (the Welsh tell of a similar creature they call the Pwca); and on the Isle of Man, the Manx Glashtyn is a goblin that appears in the shape of a horse and rises at night from the banks of the isle’s lakes.
Shortly after publishing my article A Gnome by Any Other Name, I received a comment from a man from Nigeria who claimed to have heard “little men” in his ceiling and seen their tiny footprints on the ceiling boards. He goes on to say “they” (I assume he means he and his family) have heard the sound of sweeping and “once, the sound of a horse galloping“. He concluded his comment by mentioning that they lived “very close to the rocks”.
The idea of rocks being nearby is also rather intriguing to me. I recently received another comment in response to the Gnome article from a man named Charles Yancey who claims to have seen a small man-like figure in his bedroom late one evening while he and his wife lived in Colorado. He too mentioned the fact that there were large rocks and boulders in and around his property, which brings me back to the idea of these fairy creatures being associated with these stone megaliths. Is there a common connection here? Is the close approximation of the ancient megalithic structure and natural rock formations and boulders somehow linked with the appearance of these tiny entities, both humanoid and in equine form? Honestly, I don’t have an answer for this, but it’s an idea that I plan to research and explore in future posts on The Paranomalist.
A sincere thank-you goes to Mr. Herbie Brennan for allowing me to re-tell his description of his sighting of the fairy horses. For those who would like to view Mr. Brennan recounting this tale just about verbatim as he told it to me in our interview, please see the following YouTube video titled Belief in Faires:
Additional videos of Herbie Brennan can be found at his YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/herbieB. Visit his official site at Herbie Brennan’s Bookshelf for further information about Herbie’s life, work and latest publications.
For those of you who have been regular readers of The Paranomalist, you’re probably aware that I’ve regularly covered the work of cryptozoologist Adam Davies. Adam and his team of fellow cryptid researchers have traveled to many far-flung corners of the globe in search in order to investigate reports of a wide variety of heretofore unclassified and undiscovered species of animal. Of the many creatures that Adam has sought, his most promising and compelling evidence have been found in the rainforests of Sumatra while searching for that country’s legendary hominoid, the Orang pendek.
The Orang Pendek (Indonesian for “short man”) is reputed to be a bipedal species of ape or proto-humanoid that stands roughly one meter tall and is generally reported as being covered in an orange fur or hair, similar to the Orangutan. However, the Orang pendek is described as being distinctly different from the Orangutan in that it is more humanoid in appearance and walks in a completely upright, human-like posture.
In a number of previous visits to Sumatra, Adam and his fellow researchers have come away with clear plaster castes of the creature’s footprints, hair samples, and even an eyewitness sighting by team member Dave Archer. Most recently, DNA was from a hair sample and analyzed by an independent laboratory, the results of which indicated that the hair sample did not come from a known species of animal.
Because of the volume and quality of the evidence gathered thus far, Adam is once again setting out for the dense forests of Sumatra this coming September, 2011. In association with the Center for Fortean Zoology, he will be leading the team which will consist of fellow researchers Dr. Chris Clark, Richard Freeman, Dave Archer, Jon McGowan, Lisa Dowley, Andrew Sanderson, and Rebecca Lang and Mike Williams from CFZ Australia.
Another Eyewitness Account
Adam Davies recently passed along to me some interesting news that he received concerning an eyewitness account from a Sumatran native. Interviewers Tim de Frel and Martijn van Opijnen, both of Den Haag, Holland, interviewed a Sumatran man named Pak Man, age 54 on the 22nd of March 2010. Pak is a resident of Pelompek in the Jamba Province of Sumatra, and claims to have seen the Orang Pendek on more than one occasion.
The first part of the interview was done in the morning at the house of Sahar Dimus, also a resident of Pelompek in Jambi Province. Sahar functioned as the interpreter. Here is the information gathered from the interview:
The respondent gave an account of a sighting in his shed on his farm, north of Pelompek along the highway. The sighting occurred some ten days previous at around ten o’clock at night.
The respondent was sleeping in his bunk when he heard something breaking into his shed. At first he thought it was a bear or a tapir, but when he looked through the planks of his bunk, he saw a figure sitting next to a pole, eating from some sugarcane that was in a plastic bag. He could see the animal very well, because a burning candle was at the pole just above the animal. It was about one meter tall.
The animal was covered with short hair, a bit longer in the neck. The features that struck the respondent the most was the large, round torso, a very large stomach, the short legs and the long arms. The animal had a rounded head, no neck, bright blue eyes, long eyebrows, two holes instead of a nose, a big non protruding mouth with thin purple lips and its ears sticking out. No genitals or breast were visible.
The animal had long fingers, with its thumbs at the side of the hand. It used its hands in the same fashion that humans do. It ate the pieces of sugarcane as humans eat corn. No tail was visible. On each foot it had four toes and one very large one sticking out at the side. The general impression the animal gave was of great strength. The respondent was very afraid and stayed quiet for about ten minutes. He immediately knew that it was Orang pendek, because of the many stories he had heard in the past, some told by his grandfather. He was certain it was not a Orang utan, because he had seen one in the zoo of Bukittingi. It was also not a monkey. He later heard that four other people saw a similar animal in the same week.
After ten minutes the respondent decided he had seen enough and kicked at one of the planks of his bunk. The animal then walked the to side of the shed and tore away a piece of the wall and walked away. The respondent said the animal walked bent over a bit, its feet sticking to the sides and its arms hanging in front of its body. It walked with short steps and slowly. Respondent then grabbed a spear and followed the animal outside. There it vanished in the dark.
The respondent was then showed some pictures in a book about animals. When showed a picture of an Orangutan, he was certain this was not his animal. A picture of a gorilla and a chimpanzee were much more similar to what he had seen.
The second part of the interview was done on the same day, in the shed of the respondent. The shed is a 45 minute uphill walk from the highway north of Pelompek. It took 30 minutes by motorbikes to reach the location. The area is scattered with small plot and little sheds. The plot of the respondent was located a mile from the edge of the forest. The shed consists of two spaces, one with a mud floor and a small bunk elevated from the floor. The only way in is by a door at the side. There are a couple of small windows without glass.
The respondent was asked to tell the story again, and some details were added. For instance, the animal had light, almost white hair around its eyes. The pupils were bright blue. The hair on its body had a light violet grey color. When he scared the animal, it made a sound like a loud cough. Otherwise it was silent. The respondent thought the animal was too heavy to climb trees.
The respondent and mister Dimus were certain that the animal was after sugar, because most of the fruit trees in the forest at that time bear no fruit. The animal also eat Lolo, which is a type of radish with long red fruits. It also tasts like radish. Lolo was present in the area. Just outside the shed, where the earth was loose, a footprint was faintly visible. It looked like the print of a human hand and was of the same size. Because it had rained the previous days, the outline was very vague. The big toe which the respondent had mentioned, didn’t stand out in the print. It looked more like a thumb.
When going back to the road some large pieces of sugarcane were found, which were broken off from the stem. It looked like they were ripped open by teeth and then sucked at. According to the respondent that was the work of Orang pendek. As the pieces may have been there for days in the rain, and no plastic bags were available, it was decided to leave the pieces where they were found.
Further Scientific Corroboration
Adam also forwarded me a quote by Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology, and Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Anthropology at Idaho State University. In a recent conversation concerning the plaster caste of a footprint taken in Sumatra by Adam Davies and Andrew Sanderson during their 2001 expedition, Dr. Meldrum had this to say:
“The cast, if accurate, seems most likely to represent a primate appendage of some kind — flat footed, five digit, divergent medial digit — features not combined in other common wildlife tracks. If the cast represents a primate footprint, the very short heel, indicated by the position of the presumed hallux (medial toe) bears some resemblance to that of an orangutan foot, which boasts a remarkably short calcaneal process. However, this feature is combined with short thick digits in the cast in question, unlike the remarkable long lateral digits and shortened hallux of the living orangutan foot. It seems an unusual combination of traits in a terrestrial biped, which the orang pendek is reported to be. Alternately, the cast might be that of a handprint, in which case the proximal position of the medial digit, the thumb, would be more appropriate.”
Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum’s name will likely be familiar to anyone who has even a passing interest in the subject of unknown/undiscovered hominoids. He is one of the few Ph.D.-level scientists to take seriously the possibility of the existence of Bigfoot and other unclassified species of bipedal apes. Dr. Meldrum holds a Ph.D in anatomical sciences, with an emphasis in biological anthropology. Dr. Meldrum accompanied Adam Davies in 2008 on an expedition to China in search of the legendary Yeren, an apelike creature described by the natives of the countries mountainous regions.
Recently, a retired LAPD detective and Vietnam War veteran named Robert L. Pollock submitted a comment on The Paranomalist blog in response to a post I made in in October 2009, in which I reviewed the excellent book Hunt for the Skinwalker by Colm Kelleher and George Knapp. Should you care to read Mr. Pollock’s very interesting comment, please see the comments area in “Giant Wolves, UFOs, and Invisible Monsters“, which is one of the first posts that I made on this blog, over a year ago at the time of this writing.
Robert and I struck up a conversation through the blog and by email, and he was so kind as to give me permission to reprint a very intriguing tale of the unexplained that he’d sent me. This bizarre occurance happened in early 1968 as he was carrying out his duties during the Vietnam War. Here is Robert’s story:
Airborne Mist: A True Experience
by Robert L. Pollock
In early 1968, during the TET Offensive I was a Loadmaster on a C-130 cargo aircraft attached to the 834th Air division. My crew and I had departed Da Nang enroute to Camh Ranh Bay South Vietnam. The flight time was about 45 minutes, we were flying south just off the coast of Vietnam at twenty-five thousand feet altitude. The aircraft was pressurized and I was seated in the empty cargo compartment taking care of some final paperwork to be turned in when we landed at our destination. This was the last flight of a very long 20-hr day for us. I had the cargo compartment lights on bright white because we had no threat of enemy fire so I could complete the paperwork.
As I sat there I noticed movement at the rear of the boxcar sized empty cargo compartment. I looked and was stunned to see a whirling grey cloudy mass forming at the rear right troop door. The mass was whirling clockwise; it completely filled in the entire rear of the aircraft within seconds. It just hung there like a grey/black curtain. Well, I immediately thought that we had suddenly had a pressurization leak or some kind of high pressure fluid leak that was atomizing the fluid. I asked the engineer over the interphone system if he had any indications of any problem of any kind. He told me “no”. By this time the mist or fog or what ever it was had half the cargo compartment filled. In just a matter of no less than two or three minutes the entire cargo compartment was filled in; all the way to the forward bulkhead.
The engineer and navigator had joined me in the rear of the aircraft where all three of us just continued to back away from the mass as it advanced toward the front of the aircraft. The co-pilot then joined us at the forward crew door area just where the steps were that led into the cockpit. The pilot placed the aircraft in autopilot mode and also joined the rest of us. We could see this grey/black mass in front of us, we were all so amazed. The navigator said “this is spooky”. I remember looking at him almost in anger because I felt sure that what ever it was we were seeing was something to do with the aircraft itself and not something weird or strange.
The engineer went back to his panel to double check on any possible problem with the aircraft systems and found nothing out of the ordinary. I placed my hand into the mass and it just plain disappeared from sight. This stuff was very opaque. The engineer said “come on Load; let’s do a walk around of the cargo compartment”. I quickly agreed, and the two of us stepped into the opaque mass. As soon as I stepped into the mass the lights went out, we had to feel our way along the wall of the aircraft; we were absolutely blind inside that unknown mass. Well, we felt our way around for maybe fifteen minutes with the other three crewmen asking for constant updates as to our welfare.
We got back to the stairwell where the others were at and was at a total loss as to what to do to get rid of the mass filling our aircraft, if it had also filled the cockpit we would have been flying blind with no way to land safely. I have never figured out what that strange grey/black mass was. While I was fully encased inside the mass I had no trouble with my eyes burning as they should have been doing if it was some kind of fluid, it had no odor, and it did not interfere with our breathing either, as it should have, had it been a fluid problem. The only other explanation was that it could have been some kind of pressurization problem, which it was not because that was the very first thought I had and the very first thing the engineer had checked.
I did not feel any kind of threat from the mass except that if it had filled the entire aircraft, we would have been in very desperate trouble. So as we stood there trying to decide what it was and what to do about it, the mass began to go away the way it had appeared, only in reverse. When it got back to the place it had first started forming, it whirled counter-clockwise and then just disappeared into nothing. The five of us were totally dumbfounded about what we had just experienced. By now we were coming up on our destination so got down to the business of going through the pre-landing checklist.
None of us ever mentioned the incident again, even between each other. Why? I am not sure except to say that as seasoned combat crewmen I guess that we (I know, I) just figured that if we lived through it then we did not have to worry about it again. Now, it never really crossed my mind back then; that I would never be able to figure out what it was we had seen that night. But as the years have continued to pass without an answer, the incident has begun to spook me a bit. We all saw that ominous grey/black mass just hanging there in front of our eyes, but just what it could have been stumps me.
We could see it but not smell it, taste it, feel it and it did not irritate our eyes or lungs. So your guess is as good as mine as to what it was. Something that opaque should have had some kind of impact on our bodies, but it did not! So if you come up with an explanation please explain it to me — I need to know!
I wish I could offer Robert some kind of explanation as to the origin of this strange mist that he and his fellow crewmen experienced. The immediate inclination is to explain it away as some kind of gas or fluid leak from the plane, but as he said, that was the first thing that the pilot and co-pilot checked, and they found no indication of any type of leakage or mechanical malfunction. Also, certain attributes of this strange mist seem to defy rationale explanation, not the least of which is its strange and sudden appearance and disappearance.
I’ve honestly never heard of a story like this, but I immediately wondered if it was some sort of spiritual manifestation of fallen American and/or Vietnamese soldiers. That sounds like a bit of a reach, though. Possibly it could be some sort of weather anomaly, but again, the facts as Robert describes them get in the way of making a “logical” conclusion that’s based on natural phenomena.
This does indeed seem to be a tale of high strangeness, and as I said to Mr. Pollock in an email, it reminded me a bit of a story out of one of my favorite comics as a kid, “Weird War” (not to belittle Robert’s experience by comparing it to a comic book story, as I’m sure it was very disconcerting). If anyone can offer a plausible explanation or has experienced anything at all similar, please let us know. I’d be eager to listen to any thoughts on the matter, as I’m sure would Mr. Pollock.
Once again, Adam Davies has been so kind as to share his experiences with the readers of The Paranomalist. For regular readers of our website, I’m sure that you know that Adam was recently searching for the Mande Burung, a large, bipedal hominoid reportedly seen by many of the inhabitants of the Garo Hills region of India.
Adam Davies, Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology Richard Freeman, and a team of additional researchers met with local M-B researcher Dipu Marak, spending approximately three weeks investigating this rugged, heavily forested and mountainous area of northeastern India for evidence of the elusive creature. In addition to collecting physical evidence, the cryptid researchers interviewed many of the native inhabitants who reported to have seen the Mande Burung.
Please enjoy a portion of Adam’s video journal of his most recent cryptozoological investigation:
Once again, cryptid researcher Adam Davies of Manchester, England has kindly offered to let me to post on The Paranomalist some of his thoughts and observations on his recent expedition in search of the Mande Burung in India’s West Garo Hills. Adam also has sent me some photos, which I believe will give the reader some feel for the rugged beauty of the mountainous jungle terrain in this northeastern province of India. Thanks again for sharing this, Adam. — John Carlson
Could the Mande Burung of India be a relic Gigantopithecus?
I have started looking through my notes now, and the detailed interviews we conducted with eyewitnesses to the creature, and I thought I would share a few facts with you from them. Firstly, it appears to be omnivorous, and seems to make the most of its environment’s food sources… I was told it has been sighted in pineapple plantations. One of the eyewitnesses described how he had seen a mother and baby eating bamboo. Secondly it displays aggression. For example, another witness told how he had been chased out of a bamboo plantation. Could this have been a mock charge, in a similar fashion to the Gorilla?
Before I entered the jungle, I was also told by one of the forest guides that it ate freshwater crabs and I subsequently found what appeared to be MB prints, turned over rocks, and crab shells in a small stream. All described the creature as being huge, at least 9 feet tall, it seems, and covered in black hair. The consistency of the descriptions from the witnesses, especially under the scrutiny I gave them, was very encouraging.
I have shown some of my photos to some of my friends now. I expected them to remark on the beauty of the environment, or the snapshots of tribal life, such as the 100 drums Wangala festival, which I attended. But no. Almost without fail, most have taken the mick out of my jungle trousers.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I was not in Manchester then, and cammo pants and braces really are a good look out there. LOL.
I think I know what I ‘ll be getting for Christmas……….
Adam Davies returned Saturday, November 20th from his expedition in search of India’s famed apeman, the Mande Burung (Wild Jungle People). After two weeks in the jungles of the West Garo Hills district of the state of Meghalaya, Adam and his team of researchers came away with some very compelling evidence of the creature’s existence. Having just returned, Adam was understandably jet-lagged and exhausted, but he was kind enough to send me a brief email in which he offered to allow me to reprint some of the initial notes he made on his blog concerning his findings. I hope to speak with Adam soon (once he’s rested and recovered) to gather some further information about this latest expedition, but in the meanwhile, here is what he has to say:
Mande Burung “Ape Man” Expedition Yields Evidence
I just arrived home a few hours ago. As you no doubt appreciate, I am a tired tonight, but I had an amazing time, and felt that I, and the rest of the team, met with some great success. I will post more detail about the expedition over the next few weeks, but here are some headlines.
I am convinced the Mande-Burung exists. Dave Archer found what appears to be an MB footprint, at a site where an eyewitness confirmed he had seen the creature. He and John McGowan, went on to find a trail of them. I found an MB footprint in Nokrek national Park. What I found particularly interesting about this one, was that you could see a boulder in the stream which had been tossed aside, followed by some debris of a freshwater crab. The locals had told me on previous occasions that the MB was fond of eating these particular types of crab. Whilst I can’t be certain it was an MB print, the size and shape were certainly consistent with eyewitness reports. The casting at site failed due to the very wet conditions.
We collected a number of very consistent eyewitness reports, which described a large black bipdeal ape, which built ground nests and ate bamboo. Nothing on the camera traps so far, but we haven’t finished going through them all yet. We have collected hair and bone samples which just MAY come from the MB, but of course we need to test them. Quite by chance, and very significantly indeed, John McGowan may well have discovered a completley new species. I can’t say anything more about this though, until he has conducted a thorough analysis.
The area has some amazing , vast, and largely untraversed, jungle. Beautiful. The perfect place for a relic gigantopithicus….