I really dig Rock Apes. What a rude creature… they caused such havoc for the troops of both sides. Herewith a quickie post with the story of the General and a snippet of a report from Lon Strickler’s site. Just to tantalize your grey matter…
‘Tek Tek’: Cambodia’s Bigfoot
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Some of our members are interested in this stuff so I thought I would post the link and some of the article. www.phantomsandmonsters.com…
During the Vietnam War, American soldiers referred to an often-seen hominid as the ‘Rock Ape.’ I’ve heard many encounter accounts of reddish hair-covered primates that stood 4-6 ft. tall sneaking through the jungle at night. Some of these soldiers even claimed to have killed these primates. Was the ‘Rock Ape’ a reality or a result of jungle warfare? Regardless of the claims, people had been seeing something in these thick forests prior to the war.
The Nguoi Rung (Forest People), sometimes known as the ‘Batutut’ or ‘Ujit,’ are hairy, ape-like hominids that the locals say inhabit the dense jungles of Vietnam, especially the Three Forests region, where Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos converge. Descriptions vary in size, with fur ranging from grey to brown to a reddish color, but the creature is always said to walk in an upright, bipedal position. By 1974, sightings had become so frequent that General Hoang Minh Thao, commander of North Vietnamese forces in the Central Highlands, ordered a scientific survey of the area in an attempt to locate them. While an actual Nguoi Rung could not be located, the scientists did make a plaster cast of a suspiciously wide footprint.
This information leads up to an article in the Phnom Pen Post that references the Tek Tek, the Yeti of Cambodia:
It was a loud evening deep in the jungle, the crickets, frogs and odd cicadas were busy playing their usual nighttime symphony. A group of trekkers were getting ready to bunk down for the night.
“My friend was zipped up in his hammock and beginning to doze off, when he noticed that all of the insects had stopped making sounds: the jungle went completely silent,” said Greg McCann, a field coordinator for HabitatID, a conservation group working in Virachey National Park, where the trekkers were camping.
A few moments later, a horrid smell engulfed the camp –
There are several other stories and links for those who might be interested.
As far as I know there aren’t any photos of one. This unfortunate situation is completely understandable as soldiers don’t carry cameras, usually, out in the field, especially when the field is a jungle and as they’re often restricted and, naturally you’d really have your mind on other things even if they let you have a camera out on patrol.
Oh, hey, here’s another link… Rock Apes: The Yetis That Plagued GI’s in The Vietnam War