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The Bukit Timah Monkey Man (Singapore)

Adult stands 6 feet tall
Mitch Waite

When studying Cryptozoology, it is very interesting to see how many humanoid type creatures much like Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, Yowie, Almas, Orang Pendek, and many more are found throughout the world. The Bukit Timah Monkey Man is another biped thought to be native to the rain forest of Singapore in the Bukit Timah area. It is described as being man-like or humanoid, with grayish hair and stand stands three to six feet tall. Many Cryptozoology researchers believe the Monkey Man from Bukit Timah is possibly a subspecies of the Orang Pendek found in Indonesia.

Sightings go back to 1805 and have persisted through the local folk lore. These stories were supplemented by Japanese soldiers who were stationed in the area during World War II. However, written accounts are rare, and most are passed from generation to generation through legend and lore.

There have been more recent sightings as late as 2007, but the scientific community believes these sightings are more than likely Crab-eating Macaques. The Scientific skeptics are quick to point out the area of the Monkey Man is quickly being urbanized and is becoming too small to support such creatures. The rain forest is nearly surrounded by human settlements. The Bukit Timah rainforest is estimated to be about 410 acres and is frequently visited by tourists and forest caretakers. . Richard Freeman, a Cryptozoologist studying the area states the Monkey Man could have lived in the area during the pre-colonial days. But, sightings still continue.

The Shin Min Daily News produced an article stating the Monkey man usually appears after dark It has a monkey face, but walks like a man. The paper sent a journalist to look into the evidence, but no proof was produced.

One theory that I particularly find objectionable is claims the sightings are due to as mass hysteria. This to me is “drop back and punt” tactic used to explain any unusual sighting or event that science can not verify. I am a firm believer that the local people probably know the animals in the area the best. They would certainly know a monkey when they see it, and mass hysteria since 1805 is not likely.

Looking slightly outside the area into the Solomon Islands, there are again reports of giant wild men who sometimes would fight with the Japanese soldiers during WWII. Could it be the Bukit Timah Monkey Man merely migrated out of the rain forest to another location and returns from time to time to checkout its old home grounds?

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