GIANT Hominid of Southeast Asia.
Etymology: Malay (Austronesian), "man of the interior." This term is common throughout Malaysia and Indonesia and usually refers to tribes in the jungle or hills. In peninsular Malaysia, it generally refers to the Senoi people. However, when used by the Senoi themselves, the term may refer both to humans and to other hominids.
Variant names: Ensut ensut (in Melaka), Hantu jarang gigi ("thin-tooth demon"), Kaki besar (Malay/Austronesian, "big foot").
Physical description: Height, 6-10 feet. Covered with dark-brown hair. Red eyes.
Behavior: Bipedal. Powerful smell like urine. Eats fishes. Approaches humans in a friendly way at first, then becomes frightened and runs away.
Tracks: Four-toed. Length, 16-19 inches. Width, 8-10 inches.
Distribution: Pahang, Johor, Melaka, and Perak States, Malaysia.
Significant sightings: In 1959, a mining engineer named Arthur Potter was sleeping in his boat by the side of Lake Tasek Chini, Pahang State, Malaysia, when something lifted off part of the roof of the boat. He switched on a flashlight and saw a huge, red eye. The next day, he found 18-inch tracks in the mud.
Apelike footprints 18 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 5 inches deep were found near Sega-mat, Johor State, in early August 1966.
In 1970, Harold Stephens and Kurt Rolfes photographed giant hominid tracks, 19 inches long and 10 inches wide, on a sandbar in the upper reaches of the Sungai Endau River, Pa-hang State.
Students at a vocational institute near Lumut, Perak State, reported seeing 10-foot hairy creatures at night during the second week of August
Huge, four-toed footprints were found near Cape Tanjung Piai, Johor State, on January 12, 1995.
Sources: Harold Stephens, "'Abominable Snowman' of Malaysia," Argosy, August 1971, pp. 37-44; "Evil Forces in Malaysia," Fortean Times, no. 83 (October-November 1995): 18; Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe, The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide (New York: Avon, 1999), pp. 112-113; Harold Stephens, Return to Adventure Southeast Asia (Miranda, Calif.: Wolfenden, 2000), pp. 186-200; Karl Shuker, "A Malaysian Man-Beast," Fortean Times, no. 148 (August 2001): 18.
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