Alternatively Orang Pendek, Orang-Pendek (Little Man), Gugu, Sedapa, Sedabo, and Atu.
Meaning 'Gibbering Man' in the local language, it is, allegedly, another mysterious primate, this time from the island of Sumatra's jungles.
They are said to be ground-dwelling bipedal creatures, standing between three and five feet tall (a few reports describe slightly taller specimens), covered with short dark hair and a thick, bushy mane going halfway or farther down the back, and to have a smooth, hairless brown face. Track history seems to point to a divergent big toe, and they are believed to be mostly herbivorous.
Witnesses frequently mention the creature's startlingly humanlike appearance, thus its name. Sightings have been reported for centuries on Sumatra, but what is considered to be the first modern sighting happened in 1916, described in an article by Dr. Edward Jacobson. He stated that, while camped near the base of Boekit Kaba mountain, some of his scouts sighted the creature. He also claimed to have found some footprints at Mount Kerintji.
In October 1923 a Dutch settler named Van Herwaarden reported encountering one, and said that regardless being armed, he could not pull the trigger, suddenly feeling that he was going to commit murder, so close to human was the creature's appearance and manner.
Local folklore tells that these creatures walk with backward-pointing feet, to confuse anyone daring enough to track them. The local Kubu tribespeople also claim that unless tobacco was left for them at night, the Sedapas would go on the rampage, screaming and yelling as they destroyed the natives' camp.
In more recent times, Debbie Martyr — a prominent wildlife and primate researcher funded by Fauna and Flora International who has worked in Sumatra for over 15 years — has taken over the search for the elusive animal.
Debbie has interviewed hundreds of witnesses, collected several foot print casts that appear to be from an unknown primate, and, along with her collaborator British photographer Jeremy Holden, alleges to have personally seen the animal on several occasions while working in the forest.
Of cryptid primates, Sumatra's beast is probably the one closer to be found and added to our known species' zoological records.
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