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Phantoms & Monsters. Thesun.co.uk - Brit explorers claim they have spotted a legendary ape man believed to inhabit an island jungle — and snapped its footprints.

Phantoms & Monsters

The four-strong team and their Indonesian guide were tracking through dense jungle in Sumatra when two of them caught a glimpse of the famous Orang Pendek — or short man. The group brought back a hair sample and a piece of chewed palm from the island's Kerinci National Park they hope will provide DNA evidence of the beast. They also snapped a strange footprint thought to belong to the creature. Sightings of the hairy human-like monster have been made in the area since colonial times — and it is alleged to be immensely powerful. The explorers hope the sample of rattan palm, which is thought to have been munched on by the Orang Pendek, will contain some of its cells.