This is what wiki has to say: “The animal has allegedly been seen and documented for at least one hundred years by forest tribes, local villagers,Dutch colonists and Western scientists and travellers. Consensus among witnesses is that the animal is a ground-dwelling, bipedal primate that is covered in short fur and stands between 80 and 150 cm (30 and 60 in) tall.”
So basically this is the missing link, the evolutional animal that resides somewhere in the gray area between ape and man. It a monkey that walks upright and lives the wildlife. Now I have known many regular humans who could fit this identification.
Here is what Debbie Martyr has to say, she’s a reputable Orang Pendek researcher (also from wiki):
“usually no more than 85 or 90cm in height — although occasionally as large as 1m 20cm. The body is covered in a coat of dark grey or black flecked with grey hair. But it is the sheer physical power of the orang pendek that most impresses the Kerinci villagers. They speak in awe, of its broad shoulders, huge chest and upper abdomen and powerful arms. The animal is so strong, the villagers would whisper that it can uproot small trees and even breakrattan vines. The legs, in comparison, are short and slim, the feet neat and small, usually turned out at an angle of up to 45 degrees. The head slopes back to a distinct crest — similar to the gorilla — and there appears to be a bony ridge above the eyes. But the mouth is small and neat, the eyes are set wide apart and the nose is distinctly humanoid. When frightened, the animal exposes its teeth — revealing oddly broad incisors and prominent, long canine teeth.”
So this sounds like a smaller version of our own Sasquatch. The question is if you think that this creature could go undiscovered by science for so long? My answer is maybe. I’m not super familiar with the Sumatran jungle, but what I do know is that the terrain is both mountainous, jungle and unforgiving. Humans haven’t covered every inch of the earth. I believe that there could be a species of Monkey that is out there that we don’t know about. New species are found all the time.
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