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[I shall make no comment, read for yourself and go 'ha'? This Friday morning is giving me more headaches than I can handle. I just hope it's a silly Friday the 13th joke, like the old 'aliens landed in Mulu Caves' joke by the Sarawak Tribune back in '98.]

Villagers have no explanation for giant footprints but businessman says proof is in the pudding

DARO: Villagers here are reeling from the shock of discovering two extra large footprints near the fence of a nearby orchard.

HUGE: Local community leader Pemanca Tan Poh Kuan is among those who visited the site to take a closer look at the mysterious footprints.

They probably resembled those mentioned many times in foreign reports in claims of sightings of the mysterious ‘Bigfoot’.

The shocker has been spreading like wildfire in Daro district for the past few days and among those drawn to the phenomenon was local businessman Tan Soon Kuang.

(According to Wikipedia, Bigfoot is one of the more famous creatures in cryptozoology, and, like many cryptids around the world, there is a fierce debate as to whether the Bigfoot species exists or not. Cryptozoologist John Willison Green has postulated that Bigfoot is a worldwide phenomenon.)


CLEARED PATH: All ready to receive visitors.

Yesterday, Tan, 42, e-mailed the images of the mysterious creature’s footprints. He said he personally went to the village (which he refused to name out of respect for the wishes of the locals) to check on the truth of the story.

“The truth is in the photographs that I have taken with my camera,” he told The Borneo Post in a telephone interview yesterday.


SHOCKING FIND: Picture shows a group of boys gathering around the right footprint which measures 47 inches by 17 inches.

According to him, each footprint measures 47 inches from heel to toe and 17 inches sideways “clearly too gigantic for any normal human being”.

Asked when and how he went to the village and took the photos, Tan answered: “I went there last Wednesday, June 11 after I heard about the news.

“I drove about five minutes from Daro town to the village. Then, I walked on foot along a footpath for quite a few minutes to the place where I met many villagers who were gathered there.


BIGFOOT TRAIL: A girl points to the two big footprints circled in yellow. The distance between the left footprint (foreground) and right footprint speaks volume of the size of ‘Bigfoot’. — Photos courtesy of Tan Soon Kuang

“Then some villagers pointed to the big footprints. I was shocked to see them and excited as I took those photographs.”

On his conversation with the villagers, he said: “When I asked the villagers the first time they discovered the two big footprints, they told me it was June 9.

“They also told me they now recall that before they came across the footprints, the villagers had, a few months ago felt uncomfortable and sick as if there was something ‘unclean’ in the air.

“They said they decided to look for a ‘bomoh’ (medicine man) who told them to go to an area, dig a small hole, then build a fence around it.

The bomoh further told them to make offerings outside the area fenced.

“And then last Monday morning the villagers saw the two big footprints outside the fenced up area.”

Tan further said: “When I asked the villagers if they were afraid or not they told me some were afraid; other just curious. But all of them apparently believe that the place was ‘unclean’.

“The villagers are now clearing up the footpath leading to the large footprints in anticipation of more people coming to have a look at the footprints.

“The villagers also told me that it was not the first time that they saw such mysterious big footprints in their village. In fact, the first time they saw such big footprints was about 50 years ago.”

Asked if there is any possibility that the footprints were man-made, Tan said it would be a tough act for a person to create such a mark on the hard ground.

Jemoreng assemblyman Abu Seman Jahwie when contacted yesterday said he heard about such discovery somewhere in a village in Daro area.

Asked if thinks it is real, he replied: “Sorry, I can’t say. It could be just rumours. I have not been to the place. I am now in Matu.”

The story has spread to Sibu where Abdul Aziz Pung, who is very familiar with Daro, said he had heard about the footprints from friends and relatives.

“Yes, they said it is true. Initially I laughed it off, but then some of my friends who came down to Sibu town convinced me that they are real. I may be going there soon to see them for myself.”

Meanwhile, a Daro villager who spoke on anonymity, said the villagers stumbled upon the footprints not far from the village that was once attacked by monkeys. This episode was reported by The Borneo Post some months ago.

According to him, many villagers believe that the monkeys had run out of their jungle habitat to escape from ‘Bigfoot’.

[Okay, maybe just one comment. Wikipedia should not be used in a major news outlet. It just tarnishes their image. Wikipedia is a good source for background information but not always the most reliable source for facts.]

From today's online Borneo Post. http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=36789

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Well at least today is not 1st April. It's Friday the 13th.

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Yeah, made me question my actions planned for later in the evening.

So, a hoax? There's that big foot thing in Johor, and now this. Someone trying to cash in on the paranormal tourist dollar?

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dont supose ppl fool one another during friday 13th eh guys?but the big foot thingie is really intrigue!chances of it being true errr..shud be null!but "imagine" if its true...people from all around the world will be pouring in to little kuching by no time!even if its just to see the footprint!coolzz!=P

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if the bigfoot's foot is that big, then the bigfoot must be humongous! (duh).

If its so big, how can it not be seen? lol. it would be walking around like stomping earthquakes or would it be walking as soft as aa ballerina?

I find it silly and a funny joke.

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or perhaps there's someone who have similar foot size as that creature? who knows?

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Shen Xiaojing, 21, lives in Nong'an County. When she was born, her feet were unusually large. Her right foot is 32 centimetres long and 12 centimetres wide; her left foot is 30 centimetres long and 11 centimetres wide. The big toe of her right foot is as large as a baby's foot of a baby at 7.5 centimetres long and 4.5 centimetres; her second toe is 9 centimetres long and 3.5 centimetres wide.

What is intriguing is that the big toe of her left foot is completely normal, while the other toes are unusually large.For 21 years, all her shoes were made by her mother. Shen Xiaojing is now 170 centimetres tall and has reached the age to marry. However, most young men have been frightened away by her giant feet. Shen has two wishes: to see the world and to get into the Guinness Book of Records.


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Am laughing and laughing.

Joke or not, I'd rather see this kind of headline on the front page.

Also, I find it rather interesting that bigfoots leave only one or two footprints for people to find, rather than a trail.

So convenient that they don't want to name the village.

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Am laughing and laughing.

Joke or not, I'd rather see this kind of headline on the front page.

Also, I find it rather interesting that bigfoots leave only one or two footprints for people to find, rather than a trail.

So convenient that they don't want to name the village.


This is what hockkien says: Bo Su Choi Su Co!

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Or... maybe the bigfoot came from another parallel dimension, you know. which explains the one or two footprints instead of a trail. It got sucked through a dimension warp or something and landed in our dimension for a lil while before disappearing back to where it came from.


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Or... maybe the bigfoot came from another parallel dimension, you know. which explains the one or two footprints instead of a trail. It got sucked through a dimension warp or something and landed in our dimension for a lil while before disappearing back to where it came from.



Back to the future 4! lol

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