'orang pendek' really exist...... ?
It has been a very comprehensive discussion held on this issue, whether
the orang pendek lives only inside the minds of those who saw it, mostly
people from Kerinci and to the lesser extent the west Sumatra or they
are really exist watching us behind the bush..
Orang Pendek as you will find below in the articles we quoted briefly
described by people who believe and claimed had met them inside the
jungle of Kerinci Seblat as a human-like , nearly 1 - 1.5 meter height,
and undangerous creatures. This possibly had been long known by the
tradition and cultures that they are the long lost 'brothers' which
is in any case give no harm to the society.The world's first recognition
to Orang Pendek was initiated by the visit of the famous Marco Polo
to Sumatra Island in 1295. Too many versions for the existence of this
walking legend . For exmaple, if you are in Bangko district ( nortwest
part of Kerinci Seblat National Park ), Orang Pendek is more known to
be a dull, notorious people which live in the jungle. Meanwhile in Kerinci
highland, you will find the creatures with more mystical and mysterious
background, thus make this creatures to be more frightening when you
are inside the bush.
It was the Flora Fauna International, in cooperation with the Office
of Kerinci Seblat National Park which underwent some guerilla and tiring
efforts to start scientifically to get closer to the walking legends.
Further reports on their research can be directly get fom the office
of National Park which hopefully can be viewed online through this website
in the near future.
To this first outline , we from jambiexplorer.com will let you decide
whether this cryptozoological phenomenon is exist and worth for more
exploration and dicovery, or just simply take on the legend home and
have it remains undiscovered........
Riley reports a former journalist leaves London today to try to prove
the existence of an elusive species of ape. In an expedition backed
by the Flora and Fauna Preservation Society, Debbie Martyr, aged 38,
aims to bring back photographic and other evidence, including hair and
faecal samples, of an ape that walks upright.
Martyr, former editor of a south London newspaper, has already spent
two years in search of orang pendek - literally "short man".
first, Ms Martyr collated information from tales about the 4ft primate
told by the local population on the jungle-clad mountain that dominates
Kerinci Sadlat national park on the western side of the island, which
until recently was isolated. Her journalist's nose told her she was
on to something. In November, after stalking the ape and seeing it three
times, she returned with plaster casts of the footprints of what is
believed tobe a new species. Experts were impressed. "Our scientists
have reported back to us and they think there is something in this,"
said Dougal Muller, of FFPS. "We believe there is something there or
we would not be funding this trip. If it's what we think, it could be
a very significant find."
Martyr, whose expedition is being carried out with the help of the Indonesian
government, will be accompanied by a photographer. She is in awe of
the beast and the task ahead of her. "The first time I saw it I was
so shocked I didn't take a picture," she said. "I saw something I didn't
expect to see and something so totally new contrary to what I expected.
here was a generally bi-pedal erect primate." Its colours correspond
to those of the forest floor. "It's beige, tawny, rust red, yellow tan
and dark chocolate brown.If he freezes, you can't see him."
is also aware of her responsibilities. Orang pendek have been getting
along quite nicely for millennia. Local people have known about them.
They don't hunt them and they respect them because they don't have a
monetary significance. "We are about to produce substantive evidence
for a new great ape in one of the most important national parks in South-east
Asia. We have got a job now, and I have a responsibility now as I have
opened the door. "We all have a responsibility to ensure that the animal's
future is not threatened as a result of its discovery. She added: "We
have an opportunity with the orang pendek to put the records right.
We have exploitedthe other great apes, our nearest relatives. It would
be a dreadful indictment on us to see that continuing with theorang
pendek." The FFPS is also keen to ensure orang pendek is left alone,
safe in its own habitat. It wants to prevent a repetition of what happened
in the case of the last great ape to be discovered, the mountain gorillas
in Rwanda, which now have television camera crews in their territory.
"If there's a new species out there - which the experts think there
is - there's a much bigger question, which is how to protect and recognise
the whole area," said Mr Muller. Also included with the article: a photo
of Debbie Martyr holding a plaster cast of the alleged ape's footprint,
and an artist's impression (uncredited) of orang pendek. Thescale on
this drawing puts the ape's height at 70-75 cm,although the article
gives 4 foot.
Taken from http://www.ncf.carleton.ca.
Undiscovered " Animal " Orang Pendek
Sumatran Bigfoot It has been described as being an ape-like bipedal
creature, under a metre high, immensely strong with broad shoulders,
short legs and almost entirely covered in short, dark grey hair.
has yet been able to photograph it, but locals are convinced it exists.
The creature, known as the orang pendek or 'short man', is said to live
high on a mountainside in West Sumatra. In recent years, the orang pendek
has been the cause of extensive research as scientists hope to prove
that this creature is in fact real, and not a myth as many sceptics
have reason to believe. For the forest villagers, the orang pendek has
become part of their natural history and they are genuinely puzzled
when other people fail to believe them. Literally dozens of witnesses
have described seeing a small, hairy, ape-like creature both in the
forest and in fields on the edges of the jungle. When questioned about
their sightings, the descriptions they give are virtually identical.
first recorded sighting of the orang pendek dates back to 1295 when
Marco Polo visited the island of Sumatra on one of his expeditions and
saw Indonesians hoaxing an ape-like man. For the next seven centuries,
sightings were less well documented and it wasn't until 1910 that sightings
became more of a regular occurrence.
In 1923, a Dutch gentleman named Mr van Herwaarden was travelling through
the region. He was looking at forests to see whether the trees would
potentially make good timber. During his stay he spent time tracking
wild pigs but, despite seeing countless tracks in the mud, he had little
luck. On one occasion, while he was crouching in bushes waiting for
the pigs, from the corner of his eye he spotted a small hairy creature
in the tree above him. Initially the creature did not notice him but,
on seeing him, the animal started shaking violently. Van Herwaarden
immediately recognised it as being the orang pendek that the villagers
had spoken of so often. After some time he tried to climb the tree to
where the creature was sitting but, as he approached, the small hairy
creature slid off the branch and ran away. Many people since then have
had stories to tell of encountering the orang pendek..
scientists began to acknowledge that there might be an undiscovered
animal in the forests of Sumatra. They began questioning everyone whose
stories sounded legitimate. Witnesses were interviewed and asked to
select a photograph that most resembled the orang pendek. The selection
consisted of primates including siamang gibbons and orang-utans, which
seemed the obvious candidates.
when they came across a picture of a sitting gorilla was there a positive
reaction. In each case the gorilla was selected and this was an encouraging
result. Despite all the positive results there were times when the local
people were more of a hindrance than a help. For a while, a reward was
offered for a specimen of an orang pendek. Shortly after the announcement
the body of a juvenile orang pendek was discovered and instantly made
headline news. Forty eight hours later, however, the mysterious corpse
was identified as an adult langur monkey whose body had been carefully
altered by a group of enterprising
locals hoping to claim the reward.
scientists and volunteers are trying to determine whether there really
is an orang pendek. Traps have been set, and casts are made to document
the evidence made by footprints. Last year a major orang pendek project
was established, with its base at Sungai Gambir village. The team spent
the latter part of the year gathering faecal matter and footprint evidence
believed to belong to the orang pendek. They also kept records when
they discovered signs of something devouring durian fruit, and recorded
calls heard in the forest. Hair samples found on branches were sent
off for DNA analysis. There have been no conclusive results so far.
More and more organisations are taking a definite interest in the orang
pendek and investing time and money into the project, but there are
still many questions unanswered. Is there really a primate lurking in
the forests of Sumatra, or is it all a figment of the imagination? On
the other hand there have been so many sightings that it would seem
unlikely that they were all cases of mistaken identity. It is to be
hoped that within the next couple of years the truth about the orang
pendek will be revealed.
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