Tok

GIANT Hominid of Southeast Asia.

Etymology: Possibly Lahu (Sino-Tibetan), "mouth man."

Variant name: Monkey man. Physical description: Height, 6-7 feet. Covered in light-brown or coarse, black hair. Small head. Wide shoulders. Straight legs. Pale soles.

Behavior: Nocturnal. Breaks into huts in remote areas looking for food.

Distribution: Keng Tung and Tachilek areas of eastern Myanmar.

Significant sighting: William Young, the son of Baptist missionaries in Myanmar, twice struggled with a Tok in the 1950s when it broke into his parents' dwelling. Both times, it did not resist and easily broke away, once running straight through a screen door.

Sources: Ivan T. Sanderson, Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life (Philadelphia: Chilton, 1961), pp. 242-243; "Return of the Tok," Pursuit, no. 7 (July 1969): 54; Loren Coleman, "Cryptozoology in the Land of Shadows: Yetis, the CIA and Tibet," Strange Magazine, no. 5 (1990): 11-17.

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