Looking for Orang Pendek
In September 2011, in the rainforest area of western Sumatra, Indonesia, local residents witnessed the appearance of a strange monster for 9 consecutive days. This monster appears and disappears near Gunungtuga Lake from time to time. It is black-haired, short and stout, and wanders in the dense bushes during the day. It is either searching and rummaging for something under the fallen tree trunk, or taking a nap in the forest clearing.
This vast, undeveloped area of the Krincheseborat National Park is said to be inhabited by a variety of giant snakes and other animals, and even a lion with golden hair that can be classified as a new species. However, the misty rolling hills here have aroused great interest in Richard Freeman, a well-known “monster hunter” in Britain.
Richard came after hearing the news, and it was his fourth time to conduct search activities in Sumatra. The 41-year-old, bearded, middle-aged man is very interested in finding Indonesia’s most mysterious Orang Pendek (Orang Pendek, Indonesian for “dwarf”, a gorilla that is said to be able to walk upright like a human being, and is about 1000 meters tall. 80-150 cm) is extremely obsessed. During earlier searches, he spoke to local residents who reported seeing the animal. The men said they also found footprints and hair. In Sumatra, the legend of the Pendek has been passed down for centuries, and Westerners first learned about it in 1918 from a boy working for the Dutch colonists who saw it. Local aborigines and other explorers later made similar descriptions.
On the fourth day of the search, Richard and his team of amateur explorers at the CFZ (Ferdian Center for Animals) in Devon, England, discovered some new evidence. In the high-elevation woodlands, some trees were torn off, apparently not by bears (since there were no signs of bear claws). There was one mark in the dirt: a hand print. Richard thinks it was left by Orang Pendek. “It had round palms, thick, sausage-like fingers – nothing like the long, thin fingers of an orangutan.”
Richard and members of the search team – Chris Clark (retired engineer), Adam Davis (social worker) and Duff Acker (council worker) – did not find Pendek, but the The handprints added more information for him to search for the most mysterious creature in the world and uncover the truth of things.
Richard does not refer to animals like the Himalayan “Yeti” or the “Beast of Exmoor” (a black, ghostly feline rumored to roam the wilds of Devon, England) Listed as fantasy things, for him, they exist, but the identity is still a bit unclear and needs to be confirmed-he pointed out that the giant calamari, the Komodo dragon and the huoyongjiapi (giraffe-like in appearance, Living in the virgin forests of Africa, eating leaves), was once thought to be a legendary animal that did not exist. “I want to know what’s in the next mountain, what’s hidden in that deserted valley or dense jungle,” explains the director of the CFZ Animal Center. “I will continue my career until I find them.”
On the road to find monsters
Richard Freeman was born in 1970 and grew up in the Midwest of England. When other children were playing football, he loved it. Look for animals such as owls and foxes in the bushes. His favorite TV show is David Attenborough’s The Evolution of Life, and he obsessively watches Jon Pittway’s Doctor Who, which shows the human-like reptiles in the caves of Derby Hill , giant maggots in Welsh mines and dinosaurs in London all fascinated him. “These big monsters are showing up right on our doorstep, not on some alien planet,” he said.
In 1996 Richard came across a magazine called Animals and Humans while visiting the ‘Mr Boutt Museum of Curiosities’ in Bodmin Moor, which was published by CFZ and the center was run by the writer-musician Founded by Jon Donis in 1992. In this journal, contributors detail their investigations of all kinds of exotic animals. At the time, Richard, a zoo keeper and cemetery digger living in Yorkshire, wanted to join the centre, so he became the magazine’s local reporter and began writing a series of reports, such as, Selby The discovery of big cats; the plague of spiders in Leeds; the legend of flying lizards in the history of Yorkshire…
Shortly thereafter, Richard began majoring in zoology at the University of Leeds, but by 2000 he had become disenchanted with the narrow content of the course and the teachers (for example, some professors spent their lives studying snails and snails). conch penis). So Richard decided to work for CFZ as a full-time employee.
Richard’s first trip to find a monster was to look for Naga (“Giant Snake King”) in eastern Asia, which is said to be a giant python with a length of 18.2 meters and a body as thick as a barrel. A TV station invited him to participate in the investigation of previous discoveries in the Mekong River as part of the “Discovery Channel” series on Eastern Mysteries. Although he didn’t find such a long python, he didn’t lose his belief in finding the monster. In the past 12 years, Richard has traveled to many countries and regions, including searching for the remains of death worms (a 1.5-meter-long invertebrate that is said to ooze acid) in the Gobi of Mongolia; Guyana’s search for the “water tiger” (a water-dwelling big cat said to exist)…
and now Richard Freeman is a top so-called “cryptozoologist” – thought to be A professional (some would say pseudoscience) in the hunt for cryptids. He has written 6 monographs, published many articles, appeared and lectured on many television and radio broadcasting stations.
Removing the False and Preserving
the Truth Richard’s funding for each event mainly comes from his own savings, profits from CFZ publishing books, and occasional sponsorships. He doesn’t care that some members of the public see him as a weirdo. “Until 1847, Westerners believed that the gorilla was a fiction,” Richard points out. The mystical creatures you search for are rare and know how to avoid humans. He goes on to add his own point of view: “Before the first snow leopard was found by humans, it took seven years of filming 24 hours a day to succeed.”
Richard has studied each legendary individual animal. In his opinion, every investigative operation is worthwhile because he and the expedition team can glean more intelligence from these field expeditions.
”I’ve expanded my knowledge by discovering new species and the real basis that some mysterious rumors might exist,” Richard said. “Primates will tell us more about human evolution, and if we find an Orang Pendek, then the local government in Sumatra will be more motivated to protect their habitat. This will undoubtedly help other endangered animals. Protect.”
While Richard is open to mysteries that may exist in nature, he is always ready to debunk such myths if he cannot find evidence to support their existence.
His painstaking research, for example, has concluded that the so-called French 18th-century man-eating wolf, the “Monster of the Forest,” that is said to have inspired Little Red Riding Hood was nothing more than a hyena fleeing from a stable. Loch Ness Monster? In fact, it is just a big fish in the lake. Richard also pointed out that marine reptiles could not have survived the freezing of lake water during the Ice Age, when there was not enough food in the water to sustain such a large predator. The death worm may be nothing more than the body of an undiscovered snake lizard. The “water tiger” is probably a relative of the giant otter.
Richard is also extremely sensitive to possible scams. In Thailand, so-called footage of the Naga python was found to be a log floating in a river, while part of the python’s skeleton contained in a large box was also found to be a segment of an elephant’s tooth.
However, the man who devoted himself to finding the monster did have an encounter that was close to the truth. One day in 2008, he and his companions spent the night in an old farmhouse in the Altai Mountains. Their goal at the time was to find Russia’s Almasty, the region’s legendary Bigfoot.
”About 2:30 in the middle of the night, we heard a loud and rough roar. Not long after, a beast passed by the door of the farmhouse. Its feet were upright, and its entire body was smaller than the 2.1-meter-high door. Tall. It seemed impossible to say it was a brown bear, because bears can only walk upright for a few short steps, whereas this beast walked the entire length of the porch outside the house.
” To the locals Chad talked to, the Almasty wasn’t a fantastical beast, just a rare local animal. An old woman told Richard that the animal he was looking for might be something like a badger, so perhaps they would figure it out in this investigation. But when Richard got the camera ready and opened the door to chase out, the beast had disappeared without a trace. Thus, the expedition still ended with the retrieval of some animal hair and feces.
Carrying On His Cause
An encounter with a terrifying giant lizard or an angry “Yeti” somewhere in the middle of nowhere doesn’t shake Richard’s convictions.
”I’m not worried about encountering any monsters,” he explained, “I’m more concerned about the terrain, landforms and other environments.” Once, in Mongolia, a strong cyclone blew away his camp. In Russia, he fell into an abyss through a crevice in a mountain, but a branch caught him and saved him. In the process of searching for Naga, Richard was led into a series of caves by a guide. At that time, he was not so much worried about the python as he was getting lost in the cave. “My guide is a centenarian. If he dies suddenly, I will be in a desperate situation, and I will never get out of the cave.”
Richard is currently planning to go to Tasmania in Australia to look for “thylacine” , a dog-like marsupial said to have become extinct in the 1930s. Some local people claimed that they had seen this kind of animal in recent years, and there was a video “as evidence”. Back in the 1990s, Professor Henry Nix of the Australian National University used a computer map to show a 98% correlation between the animal’s recent sightings and its optimum environment. If Richard could raise enough money, there would be every reason to conduct an investigation.
”All the billionaires are willing to give money to people who go after UFOs,” he said. “We only need to find a rich man who is interested in monster hunting, and we can organize a regular expedition team, and we have a chance to find something.”
Mainstream science wants people to believe that the world is orderly, not chaotic Yes, but Richard didn’t give up showing people that not every part of the world is orderly. “When your parents tell you that monsters don’t exist,” he claims, “they’re probably hiding the truth.”