Orang Gugu

Alternate name for the ORANG Pendek of Southeast Asia.

Variant names: Gugu, Orang goegoeh. Physical description: Small, humanlike creature. Height, 4-5 feet. Long, red or black head-hair that extends down its back in a mane.

Behavior: Individuals with red manes are said to be docile; the ones with black manes are larger and aggressive.

Distribution: Sumatra, Indonesia. Significant sighting: This creature is well known to the Kubu people of Propinsi Jambi and Riau, Sumatra, who leave gifts for it when passing through its territory. These gifts include chewing tobacco, for which the Gugu has apparently acquired a habit. Without a gift, the Gugu will screech, pester, and throw things. Sources: William Marsden, The History of

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Sumatra (London: J. M'Creery, 1811), p. 41; Benedict Allen, Hunting the Gugu: Ln Search of the Lost Ape-Men ofSumatra (London: Macmillan, 1989).

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