Orang Pendek( translates as "short person" in Indonesian) is the name given to an animal that people have been reprting sightings of around Kerinci-Seblat National Park in central Sumatra. Witnesses describe Orang Pendek as an ape, about 3 to 4 feet tall, with short red hair all over it’s body that walks on two legs.
Westerners have reported seeing the creature since 1923, but numerous expeditions have failed to capture or film one, but have found footprints and hairs said to come from the creature. Some have theorised it is a small primitive man others a form of orang utang.
More attention has been recently focussed on the orang-pendek because of the discovery of the Indonesian "hobbit" or Homo floresiensis on the nearby
The first recorded sighting of the orang pendek is said to date back to 1295 when Marco Polo visited the
In 1923, on the
…was also hairy on the front of its body; the colour there was a little lighter than on the back. The very dark hair on its head fell to just below the shoulder blades or even almost to the waist. It was fairly think and very shaggy. The lower part of its face seemed to end in more of a point than a man’s; this brown face was almost hairless, whilst its forehead seemed to be high rather than low. Its eyebrows were frankly moving; they were of the darkest colour, very lively, and like human eyes. The nose was broad with fairly large nostrils, but in no way clumsy. Its lips were quite ordinary, but the width of its mouth was strikingly wide when open. Its canines showed clearly from time to time as its mouth twitched nervously. They seemed fairly large to me, at all events they where more developed than a man’s. The incisors were regular. The colour of the teeth was yellowish white. Its chin was somewhat receding. For a moment, during a quick movement, I was able to see its right ear, which was exactly like a little human ear. Its hands where slightly hairy on the back. Had it been standing, its arms would have reached to a little about its knees, they where therefore long, but its legs seemed to me rather short. I did not see its feet, but I did see some toes which were shaped in a very normal manner. The specimen was of the female sex and about five feet high. There was nothing repulsive or ugly about its face, nor was it at all apelike.
After watching the creature for some time, Van Herwaarden climbed the tree causing the Orang Pendek to move out to a branch and then drop to the ground. He picked up his his gun, raised it to shoot the creature, but found himself unable to fire, citing that he would have felt like a murderer for killing something so human like
Debbie Martyr, a former editor of a
On October 29, 2001, the
So a new species of Ape or a primitive human? I think an ape is more likely but there is a lot of evidence that something is out there
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