Reports from U.S. Troops of a not quite human and not quite ape creature were reported from the Kontum Province of Vietnam, near Cambodia and Loas. The locals call the creature “Nguoi Rung” or people of the forest which many believe may actually be Bigfoot. Sightings of the Vietnam Bigfoot go back years, but many consider the creature to be nothing more than folklore as no solid evidence of its existence has yet been found. But odd and large footprints found are believed by many to be made by the elusive cryptid, some of which was found by Vietnamese scientist Tran Hong Viet in 1982.
Sightings of the creature were among accounts of U.S. Troops during the Vietnam war. Gary Linderer a member of the 101st Airborne Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols reported running into a creature which he believed may have been Bigfoot. According to Linderer he was working his way through the brush when he ran across a five foot tall creature walking upright with reddish-brown hair covering most of its body. He described it as being muscular with broad shoulders and a very heavy torso. Another member of the squad who also witnessed the creature noted it may have been a rock ape, although Linderer and other disagreed that it was definitely no rock ape. The sighting was noted in Kregg P.J. Jorgenson’s book Very Crazy, GI: Strange But True Stories of the Vietnam War.
“1982 Nguoi Rung footprint cast“
NVA soldiers and Viet Cong in the area reported so many sightings and encounters of a reddish-brown haired Bigfoot like creature that scientist were ordered to investigate by the North Vietnamese government. Multiple discoveries of footprints believed to possibly be from a Bigfoot in Vietnam were found, but the creature itself was never sighted. Noted Zoologist John MacKinnon, who personally investigated the area said he believes there is a possibility of a yet undiscovered ape species.