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Expedition sights Orang Pendek in Sumatra

Posted on Thursday, 1 October, 2009 | Comment icon 30 comments | News tip by: MissingAChance

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A team from the Centre for Fortean Zoology have returned from a two-week expedition to Sumatra in search of Orang Pendek and claim to have not only seen the creature but to have collected hair samples and photographs of footprints.

"A mysterious ape man reported to inhabit an island jungle has been spotted by British explorers who even managed to get pictures of its footprints."

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Comment icon #21 Posted by DieChecker on 2 October, 2009, 6:19
I hope they put it all together into a documentory someday. Would be good entertainment. I think the chance that the Orang-Pendak is real is better then even money at this point. I do notice that they called them explorers and not scientists. Would it really be so hard to set up an IR trail cam? Seems like the first thing I would do. And, what do they cost? Surely not enought to be out of reach of British Explorers.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Spend on 2 October, 2009, 9:58
Can I just add something to this it was reported in the SUN, this is hardly the most reputable piece of journalism and while the people who found this might be real I suspect they may be going over the top a bit anyway the Centre for Fortean Zoology aren't exactly small potatoes or a bunch of amateurs these guys discovered 8 of the titan boas fossils which made it become a recognised species (albeit an extinct one) another link to the story [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by jpen0313 on 2 October, 2009, 20:26
From what I read, they said two of the party spotted it, and when they reached the site they sighted it at, found the print and the hair samples/chewed food. Doesn't seem like a stretch that a primate 3' tall primate would be in the jungles of Sumatra. From what I understand the Sun Bear is the other animal in the habitat known to be of roughly the same size. Sun Bear is generally dark, whereas the Orang Pendek I believe is generally described to be lighter. Sun Bear track (image search on google) appears to be oval in shape (wide sides, short toes to heal), the casts of the Ora... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by psyche101 on 6 October, 2009, 5:15
I agree that it is not much of a stretch to find a new primate in a Sumatran Jungle. I do think yelling out to the world I Have another footprint! is more than zealous. The current situation is grave in Sumatra, with the upheaval mother nature has caused recently, perhaps this would be the best opportunity to look? One wonders why no Pendek bodies wash back in from the Ocean after such a catastrophe, like most of the Islands inhabitants.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Wesker115 on 7 October, 2009, 10:55
There is an interview on the CFZ website with the guy who spotted the Orang pendek. He states that he had a camera around his neck as there was always the chance that the would need to use it quickly if he spotted anything. However he claims he was in a poor position to photograph the animal and didn't want to take a blobsquatch photo, when they moved around the animal to a better location to get take the photo, the animal which appeared scared took off. The thing is if he had taken a clear phot we would probably be screaming "photoshop" whereas if he had taken a blurred photo ... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by DieChecker on 7 October, 2009, 20:03
True. If it was a clear pic, people would say it was a chimp with photoshopped coloring, or a gibbon, or a thin orangutang on the ground. Really a pic is almost as bad of evidence as an eyewitness account. What is needed is for the hairs they brought back to show as something new. It is entirely possible that these are not human derived beings and are simply more bipedally adapted species of orangutang. Island environments are great for developing new species.
Comment icon #27 Posted by evancj on 7 October, 2009, 23:22
I'm sure your right DieChecker, some folks would jump the gun and cry photoshop. However a good clear photo could be analyzed by experts to determine if any tampering had been done. I for one would wait to see the results before I cried foul.
Comment icon #28 Posted by psyche101 on 7 October, 2009, 23:37
Just what I was thinking as well. It is not like there is a claim that a Dragon is being held in a barn (I have seen that very claim at GUST). This is a short primate in a natural habitat shared with the only surviving relative of the genus Pongo. Considering the recent finds on Florensis, this is a great deal more hopeful that a Georgia Biffsicle. It is just that we have a thousand footprints. It is no better than a Blobsquatch. He says a Blobsquatch is useless, but he thinks a photo of a single footprint is not? I do not get that logic. Not at all.
Comment icon #29 Posted by DieChecker on 19 October, 2009, 19:45
Still no results on the DNA. The results will be published in book form according to the CFZ site. I thought Loren Coleman followed the subject pretty throughly, but these people are posting a half dozen links a day.
Comment icon #30 Posted by DieChecker on 24 November, 2009, 20:08
Crap. Still no news on the evidence these CFZ guys brought back from Indonesia. If you click on the National Geographic expedition link at the bottom of the page it takes you to... But, there is no new Blog entries for over a year and a half. Sad.

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