Abominable Jungle Men
by Ivan T. Sanderson, © Pursuit, April 1970
Another Vietnam veteran story: Several years ago, Dr. Bernard Heuvelmans in his book, On the Track of Unknown Animals, devoted considerable space to a relation of reports of completely wild, fully haired, sub-hominids in what was then Indochina. In view of reports of similar creatures now established from all over the world - central Asia; northern Scandinavia and the Caucasus in Europe; West, Central, and Southeast Africa; North and South America it should not be too surprising to be offered some possible confirmatory evidence from Viet-Nam.
This goes as follows: "Lt. Alan Szpila of Cumberland. R. I., spotted footprints while piloting a 101st Airborne Division helicopter. 'I have been looking at footprints from the air for quite a while now and I noticed the exceptional size (of these) immediately. I landed to get a closer look and sure enough. These tracks were about 18 inches long and eight inches wide.' Someone suggested that the tracks were made by Ho Chi Minh sandals, which are made of car tires. 'They were embedded deeply, indicating a heavy wearer. The stride of whatever made them was about four feet,' he said. Warrant Officer Darryl Santella of Long Beach, California saw the footprints at the same time as Szpila and estimated that, if made by a man, he must have been about eight feet tall."
The whole Indo-Chinese peninsula, which is to say from the end of the eastern Himalayas to the southern border of China on the Pacific, and thence south to Singapore, is a vast complex of mountains with still very extensive tropical forests between them. The territory is not yet properly explored, and despite three millennia of true wars and the more recent war-like outbursts in Burma, Malaysia, and the Vietnamese, a great deal of this territory just goes on as it always has, unknown and for the most part even unbeknownst to the rest of the world even the Viets and the Chinese. In little, slim Malaya, for instance, there are very large unexplored areas while nothing much is really known about the country immediately around old villages, towns, settlements and estates in the outlands of that country.
There have been reports of hairy primitives from this country for decades. The most recent came to us in a personal communication from Australia and reads as follows:
The term 'sad-sack' would be most apt. "It is interesting to note that
all reports of ultra-primitive hominids from the Malayan region have been
reported to have pale to white skins and light-colored hair. This is an
awfully funny idea for all kinds of different people, over decades and so
widely separated in space and education, to think up spontaneously. Could
we, perchance and for once, stop yammering and listen to the facts?