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Sunday, September 25, 2011


The expedition concentrated its searches around Lake Kerinci and the “gardens” area in the lower elevation rainforest, both areas of previous sightings and secondary evidence. Whereas the “gardens” team returned with three partial footprints, the possible hand print was found in the jungle surrounding Lake Kerinci.

The print is to be sent for independent analysis but furthers the body of evidence for Orang Pendek. Unidentifiable hairs also found in the immediate vicinity are to undergo similar independent testing.

Upon completion, expedition leader Adam Davies stated “This was a really successful expedition. I am fortunate to have had such a determined and dedicated team and feel confident that the findings, once analysed, will help further verify the existence of Orang Pendek, whose habitat is under great ecological pressure.”


Dale Drinnon said...

The best thing I can say is that it exactly resembles some known-hoax Sasquatch hand prints and like them shows no evidence of having any joints.

Having a handprint of an Orang Pendek when one of the key points as to its identity is that it is a biped (and does not ordinarily use its hands for walking)might not actually be a desirable piece of evidence. It could destroy the rest of the evidence for an independant cryptid form since people will automatically say "Aha! Ordinary orangutan!"

I'm not saying that to be mean, I'm just saying...

Best Wishes, Dale D.

Richard Freeman said...

Hi Dale
The print is not like an orang-utan's with it's long fingers. The fingers on the print are short and thick and the thumb small and almost triangular. It more resembles a small gorilla than that of an orang-utan. I was there when it was found. It was in a very remote part of the jungle on the far side of the lake next to a ripped open rottern log. The chances of it being a hoax is almost non-existant. The hand print may show us important information about the animal's grip. The print was forced into damp litter made from shards of shredded wood.