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Published: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 6:46:00 PM
Updated: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 6:48:15 PM

Giant footprints are not that of Bigfoot, says Wildlife Department

PETALING JAYA: The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN) has poured cold water on bizarre claims by villagers that they found footprints belonging to a Bigfoot in Kampung Gudang Garam, Segamat.

In a statement, a PERHILITAN spokesperson said officers were called to investigate the claim on Monday morning, following viral online posts and local daily articles regarding a “giant” footprints found in a vegetable farm in the village.

“Investigations revealed that the footprints in question was that of a tapir’s. We believe it wandered into the area after getting lost. A villager here also said he saw what looked like a tapir moving through his farm a day ago.

“The footprints may have expanded due to the moist peat soil surface and other people’s footprints that made it bigger.

“Therefore, PERHILITAN would like to request the public not to panic and make any assumptions relating to the discovery of this ‘footprint’,” said the spokesperson.

It was reported that a 58-year-old farmer, Liew Tze Chong, stumbled across the supposed Bigfoot footprint Sunday morning while riding his motorcycle with his daughter through his farm.

“When I got there I was surprised to see dozens of giant footprints around 1.8 metres to 3.6 metres wide.

“I was shocked and pulled my daughter to get back on the motorcycle. Then I realised I dropped my wallet somewhere around the farm,” he was quoted as saying in a local Malay daily.

“I had to gather the courage to go into the farm to find my wallet and get a closer look at the footprints.” 

Tags / Keywords: Bigfoot, Johor, Department of Wildlife and National Parks

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