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Published: Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 7:52:42 AM

'Bigfoot' prints that of tapir

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 the mythical Bigfoot monster in Kampung Gudang Garam, Segamat.

The officers were called to investigate the claim yesterday morning, following viral online posts and newspaper reports about “giant” footprints found in a vegetable farm there, Perhilitan said in a statement.

“Investigations revealed that the footprints in question were that of a tapir’s, which we believe had 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, making it bigger. Therefore, Perhilitan would like to request the public not to panic or make any assumptions relating to the discovery of this ‘footprint’,” the statement said.

It was reported that farmer Liew Tze Chong, 58 stumbled across the supposed Bigfoot footprint on 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.

“I was shocked and pulled my daughter back on the motorcycle. Then I realised I had dropped my wallet somewhere around the farm.

“I had to gather the courage to go into the farm to find my wallet and get a closer look at the footprints,” he was quoted as saying in a Malay newspaper.

Tags / Keywords: Courts & Crime, Bigfoot, Segamat, Johor