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Thursday, January 19, 2012

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: THE HONG KONG "APE MAN" THAT WASN`T

A few months ago I reported on a story from about 1955 of an ape-man in Hong Kong. At the time all I had was a report on a paranormal blog/website. This led me to a report in the Chinese language newspaper Ta Kung Pao of 8 March 1955 (see http://hkclweb.hkpl.gov.hk:8000/microfilm/1/BATCH29b/6871C4CC9FECC4C7512E49C2E297FC3B34487A75.tif)
Today I obtained a translation from the Chinese herbalist Superherbs in Macclesfield ( see pg. 12 Flying Snake 2), which has revealed that this is a “shaggy dog story” - literally!

The actual incident was as follows:
“A hairy beast was found in Makeng Village of Chizhu, Hong Kong. A policeman found her in the grass. The animal weighs about 50 kilos. As tall as a man, quite hairy all over. It was discovered that this was a huge hound. Raised by a local farmer. She was lost from the farm days before. It was said that she often appeared in the field at nights, people would be really scared if seeing the huge hound suddenly".
But what about those “triangular footprints”? If you remember they were mentioned in the original web report when I first did my blog about this.

R

1 comment:

Dale Drinnon said...

It would not be too unusual if a poorly-preserved set of dog footprints might look as if they were triangular-shaped tracks. al it would basically need would be for all of the toeprints to run together.

Best Wishes, Dale D.