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Hantu Jarang Gigi

by Micha F. Lindemans

Legendary ape men said to roam the southern rainforests of Malaysia, known locally as ghosts with widely spaced teeth. Villagers claim that the creatures can been usually seen during the monsoon and fruiting seasons, occasionally raiding orchards but never harming anyone. They are said to be covered in black fur, are up 3m tall and leave footprints up to 45cm.

Recent sightings in Johor State have increased interest in the creatures, even to the point where the Johor State government is planning to send two teams to scour the forests for evidence of its existence (Dec 2005). Local media have dubbed the creature "Big Foot," referring to other elusive creatures such as the North American Sasquatch and the Himalayan Yeti.

Other sightings of the creatures have been in the forests of Tanjung Piai, Mersing, Kahang, the Endau Rompin National Park, and Kota Tinggi.

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  • Etymology:
    Snaggle-toothed ghost

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