A mysterious ape man reported to inhabit an island jungle has been spotted by British explorers who even managed to get pictures of its footprints.
The team of four British explorers and their Indonesian guide tracked through dense and treacherous jungle in the Kerinci National Park of Sumatra where two of them caught a glimpse of the Orang Pendek - or short man.
The team have brought back hair samples and a piece of palm they hope will provide DNA evidence of the Orang Pendek - a creature sighted in the area since colonial times and reputed to be immensely powerful.
A sample of hair thought to belong to the ape is also being analysed.
The team hopes that by sending the sample to several labs, they will find DNA evidence of the Orang Pendek.
Sightings of the creature go back to the time of colonialism.
Witnesses have described it being about five foot tall and say that it walks on two legs, like a human.
It is also thought to be extremely powerful - with reports of witnesses seeing it ripping apart logs.
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