Humanoid Orangutan-Type Creature Spotted in Indonesia Feb 18, 2018 0:33:09 GMT -5
Post by Joanna on Feb 18, 2018 0:33:09 GMT -5
Humanoid Orangutan-Type Creature Spotted in Indonesia
Speaking to The Daily Star Online exclusively, Jonathan Downes announced that a new ape-like creature, with human features, could be lurking in southeast Asia.
Downes, 59, has devoted his life to cryptozoology – the study that seeks to validate the existence of entities from folklore record such as Bigfoot or The Loch Ness Monster. Cryptozoologists aim to prove animals, that are known to be extinct, are, in fact, alive.
One of the beasts – apparently featured in the video above – is believed to be hiding in the wilderness of Sumatra, Indonesia. The figure appears to run away from a group of bikers into high grass.
It is better known in the local community as an Orang Pendek. “If I was going to put a probability on the existence of it,” Downes said, “I would say 99 percent. We know so much about it. We’ve heard them, we’ve got footprints, and in 2009, two people actually saw one.”
Downes is the Director of the Centre of Fortean Zoology – an organization dedicated to uncovering such sightings. Founded in 1992 by Jonathan himself, members of the group regularly attend expeditions in hopes of proving the genuineness of their claims. “There is no doubt in my mind that this animal exists and I think it is probably a fourth species of Orangutan,” he added. “It is an ape-like animal that has evolved to be able to walk upright, rather than swing through trees. This is probably because several hundred years ago, Sumatra – where these are found – was hit by an earthquake and the Orang Pendek very quickly evolved to walk upright instead.”
The group has a YouTube channel, named CFZtv, that runs a series called On the Track providing updates on what is uncovered during each adventure.
Orang Pendek directly translates to “short person” in Indonesian. These creatures are reported to inhabit remote, mountainous forests on the island of Sumatra. Sightings of the animal date back more than 100 years.
Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8EtUtHGqCA
Source: Callum Hoare, The Daily Star, February 14, 2018.