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#1 Vampchick21

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 09:59 PM

From the Toronto Star
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'Bigfoot' sighting prompts search
Dec. 30, 2005. 05:32 AM
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Authorities began searching the jungles of southern Malaysia on Friday for the mythical "Bigfoot" following a reported sighting of three giant human-like beasts, officials said.

Wildlife authorities may set up cameras in the 800-square-kilometre Endau Rompin National Park in Johor state to see if the creatures do exist, they said.

Park director Hashim Yusof ventured into the jungle Friday to survey the site where three fish farm workers reportedly saw the beasts — two adults and a young one — last month, Hashim's secretary told The Associated Press. She did not want her name used and declined to give details.

The fish farm workers were in the jungle to clear an area for a fish pond. They alerted their employer who photographed what appeared to be footprints measuring up to 45 centimetres, said Lim Teong Kheng, the chairman of the Malaysian Nature Society in Johor.

He said brown hair reeking of body odour was also reportedly retrieved nearby, and a broken tree branch at the site appeared to indicate the creatures were some three metres tall.

The New Straits Times newspaper on Thursday reprinted one of the photographs taken by the fish farmer, showing what appears to be a triangular depression in the undergrowth.

Lim welcomed the investigation by the national park saying ``Bigfoot" sightings have been reported for decades in the area but never taken seriously for lack of evidence.

"Nobody dared say anything in case people say they are out of their minds," Lim told the AP. "But sightings have been enumerated by many others before this at the Endau Rompin area."

"Bigfoot" is a popular name given in the United States to giant hairy creatures walking on two legs. Sightings of such beasts are reported in many parts of the world but never confirmed.

From the New Straits Times as mentioned in the above article (go to link to see photo)
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Study to verify ‘Bigfoot’
R. Sittamparam and Chuah Bee Kim

JOHOR BARU, Dec 24:
The Johor National Parks Corporation is willing to collaborate with anyone wanting to carry out a study to verify the existence of "Bigfoot" in Johor.

Its director, Hashim Yusoff, said today there was a need for a scientific study to determine once and for all if such a creature existed in Johor.

Without dismissing the claims of sightings of "Bigfoot", he said his staff had found no physical evidence of the presence of "Bigfoot" either in the Endau-Rompin National Park or the Tanjung Piai National Park.

Sightings of hairy creatures said to be about three metres tall have trickled in over the years, especially from along the forest spine connecting Endau Rompin, Kota Tinggi and Tanjung Piai.

In the latest sighting, a fish researcher from the Johor branch of the Malaysian Nature Society claimed he spotted "Bigfoot" footprints at a swamp near Sungai Sedili in Kampung Mawai, Kota Tinggi.

MNS adviser Vincent Chow said there had also been numerous "Bigfoot" sightings by villagers, who refer to the creature as hantu jarang gigi (snaggle-toothed ghost).

Villagers claimed they were usually seen during the monsoon and fruiting seasons, sometimes raiding orchards but not harming anyone.

Chow said, as a child, he had joined his father on search expeditions whenever a sighting of the creature was reported.

"These creatures could be trapped in a time warp and have not evolved like other animals," he said. "Forced to breed among themselves, they have not changed much over the ages and are greatly reduced in numbers."

Chow said there was worldwide interest in the "Bigfoot" phenomena and a lot of research was being carried out in Australia and America but not in Malaysia.

He said MNS Johor’s investigations had found that the sightings were consistent about the size of the creatures, their habits, and the shape and size of their footprints.

He said sightings of the creatures were reported in Tanjung Piai last year and at Kahang, near Kluang, about five months ago, with similar footprints found at all three sites.

In 1995 a massive search was organised by the authorities of the dense jungle at Tanjung Piai following reports by villagers of a sighting there, but they found nothing.

Although fresh footprints with the distinctive four toes of the creature were found, "Bigfoot" remains elusive.

In 2001, at the 40,197ha Endau-Rompin National Park, several Forestry Department officials, Rela members and campers reported seeing the creature.

One of the sightings was at Sungai Kincin, a tributary of the Endau River. Fish bones were found scattered, possibly indicating that a "Bigfoot" family of three had just had their meal there.


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Posted 08 March 2006 - 02:44 PM

The latest news from the Toronto Star

No one wants to meet Bigfoot
Mar. 8, 2006. 06:17 AM
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Apparently, nobody wants to meet Bigfoot.

The Malaysian Forestry Department says there are no takers for permits on offer to explore a protected forest for the mythical creature, despite initial excitement over reported sightings of the beast, The Star newspaper reported Wednesday.

Authorities printed 500 application forms anticipating a rush, but none has been filled, Che Hashim Hassan, the department's director in the southern state of Johor, was quoted as saying.

The Malaysian media has been gripped by Bigfoot fever since November 2005, when fish farm workers reported seeing three giant human-like creatures in the Endau Rompin park in Johor. They also claimed to have seen a gigantic footprint.

Park officials combed the site but found no physical evidence of a Bigfoot. However, they recorded more reports of sightings from aboriginal villagers who live on the park's fringes.

"We thought that with all the interest in Bigfoot, we would have a lot of inquiries from the public," Che Hashim said. "However, this is not the case."

He said forest rangers patrolled the jungle boundaries at night, but have not heard or seen any evidence of the purported gigantic beast, and did not plan to capitalize on the craze by organizing forest tours for adventure seekers.

Officials weren't immediately available for further details.

Johor state officials said in January that they planned to send a team of scientists and researchers alongside a routine scientific expedition into the forest park to track the creature down. Officials did not reveal a date for the expedition.

"Bigfoot" is a popular name given in the United States to giant hairy creatures walking on two legs. Sightings of such beasts have been reported in many parts of the world but their existence has never been proven.

Tourism officials said they planned to use the interest in Bigfoot to draw tourists to Malaysia. Wildlife rangers said they may set up camera traps in the jungle to capture images of the creature.


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Posted 09 March 2006 - 09:25 AM

:whee: What all we are yet to discover?
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Posted 09 March 2006 - 12:01 PM

I didn't think anyone bothered with Bigfoot any more.
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Posted 09 March 2006 - 12:09 PM

Guess you got it wrong! There are lot may sighting around Asia, especially the Himalayas.
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Posted 09 March 2006 - 12:30 PM

Interesting! Very cool!
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Posted 09 March 2006 - 01:07 PM

Not to mention ongoing sightings in North America. There was a recent one several months ago in the province of Manitoba, Canada (I believe I posted the reports here on the board as well)

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 01:11 PM

I have a friend in Washinton state who turns as white as a sheet
and gets all clammy if you even mention big foot around him.
He had an encounter of his own while out fishing you see, and it scared the life outa him :whee:

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 03:03 PM

They're so elusive! I think they're coming from the center of the earth.....they're Morlocks. :)

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 03:23 PM

:) Oh now you've done it Grim, now I have to try to sleep with that image, geez!

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 03:54 PM

Don't think I'd want to meet up with it.
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Posted 09 March 2006 - 03:58 PM

:) Oh now you've done it Grim, now I have to try to sleep with that image, geez!


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Posted 09 March 2006 - 03:59 PM

Spook think of something nice. LOL
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Posted 09 March 2006 - 04:22 PM

Spook think of something nice. LOL


Ok...nice...umm...butterflies...uh... moonglow...backrub...OH NO, now I'll dream about morlocks rubbing my back with a butterfly marinade under the full moon! :)

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 04:44 PM

lol...ok....folks is kinda wandering off topic here.

Bigfoot. Malaysia. Hoax? Real? Something totally different? Discuss. :)

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