The jungles of Vietnam could be hiding a bipedal creature similar to Bigfoot that many haven’t heard about before. The Batutut, also known as “forest people”, is believed to walk the remote lands of Vietnam, Laos and Borneo and was first reported in 1947.
But it was in the 1970s when outlandish reports of the creature began emanating directly from the battlefield. Out of those documented sightings, there is a Batutut close encounter worth sharing with Bigfoot enthusiasts. Kregg P. J. Jorgenson brought this eyewitness account to light in his book Strange but True Stories of the Vietnam War.
It was a hot day. The six men from the 101st Airborne Division were taking a break in the middle of a mountainous jungle when the event took place. They had been carrying one hundred pounds equipment under the unforgiving sun in a mosquito infested environment, full of unfamiliar sounds and views that were nothing like the American soldiers were used to in their native land. Despite the momentary resting time, they kept their five senses on, for they were aware that the Viet Cong could have very well tracked them, something the natives were exceedingly good at. Suddenly, according to the men, a few small trees located fifteen yards uphill began clearly shaking. The soldiers had trained for this, and as they got ready for combat to fight the expected VC soldiers jump out the bushes, they never imagined what they saw next.
A long, cucumber-shaped head showed up. The face, the soldiers said, was covered in red hair with a pair of dark eyes and a huge mouth. The creature then stepped out of the vegetation into a clearing, allowing the group to observe the rest of its muscular body, which was also featured by the same type of red hair. The purported cryptid wasn’t taller than 5-feet and it walked upright. It stopped, looked at them as though scrutinizing each and one of the soldiers.
“What the hell is that?,” one of the soldiers recalls muttering.
“It’s a rock ape,” said another.
“No, it ain’t,” a third man said. “I’ve seen rock apes, and that sure as hell isn’t a rock ape!”
The warriors didn’t take their eyes off the creature.
“It’s an orangutan, isn’t it?” asked the first soldier again.
“Well, if it is, then he can’t read a map. There are no orangutans in Vietnam.”
But apparently, the men weren’t as interesting to the animal as the animal was to the men. The strange ape went back to the bush and disappeared.
There are many critics regarding this sighting who fiercely argue it was pretty common for American soldiers to experiment on drugs during that decade. Their only premise is that the use of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and the advent of other hallucinogens could have caused these men -and countless others- to see something that wasn’t real. While that assertion might be real to some extent, that is not the case of these six men, dedicated soldiers, who appear to be clearly aware of their surroundings and who make no mention of being intoxicated even decades after the alleged sighting, a time when they have nothing to lose. The question is, given the circumstances and nature of the Vietnam war, the way soldiers were already ostracized on their way back to “civilization”, the difficulties most of them endured in order to get a job and the obvious posttraumatic stress disorder they had to carry with them, why would these group of honest men go as far as to lie about what they saw or to not admit they were high on drugs? Had they been under the effect of drugs, they would have never told the story to begin with, amid fears of societal and economical consequences.
As an eloquent Jorgenson writes in his book, “in 1982, Professor Tran Hong Viet became the second scientist to discover nguoi rung footprints, and while scientists debated the actual existence of such creatures, many of the critics’ arguments went up in smoke when zoologist John MacKinnon and a team of scientists discovered three previously unknown mammals in the Vu Quang Mountain rain forest in 1992. The discovery of the new mammals demonstrated that the remote regions might well hold other new discoveries, including clues that might solve the riddle of Vietnam’s Bigfoot.”
It is up to honest science to determine whether the discovery of a new species is worth the time, money and efforts. To put a block of bricks on the possibility of a little Bigfoot roaming the lands of Southeast Asia is, simply put, obtuse.
SUBMIT A REPORT
Have you seen something you can’t explain? Fill out our report form and share it with the world.
Follow Us on Twitter
Follow Us on Facebook
Wisconsin Boy Encounters ‘Bigfoot’
A Milwaukee student says he saw a creature he believes to be a Bigfoot. The 17-year-old, who provided a full...
Recent Bigfoot Sighting in Alabama
The following unedited report–except for the person’s name and exact location of the sighting– was sent to Cryptozoology News by...
North Carolina Couple Sees Bigfoot
Two people in North Carolina say they came upon a “huge Bigfoot”. Denise Galindo told the BFRO that she and...
Pterodactyl Sighting in Florida
A woman in Florida says she and her family saw a big-sized bird she believed to be a pterosaur. The...
A Cry for Help: Let’s Save Australian Wildlife
This won’t be the regular weekend article. There won’t be mysterious creatures. There won’t be Bigfoot, UFOs, or lake monsters....
Watch: New Bigfoot Video is a Hoax, Says Investigator
The newly released video of an alleged Bigfoot and its baby in Canada appears to be a hoax, according to...
What is this Creature? Two People Claim Unidentified Being in New York
A 21-year-old woman in New York says she saw a creature she couldn’t immediately identify. The woman, who provided a...