I always tend to be a bit cautiously optimistic when stories like this come out, but it usually turns out to be nothing. Hence my cautious optimism. Scientists in China have apparently found a hair that they cannot identify, and the locals are speculating that it might belong to the “Wild Man,” China’s version of Bigfoot. Here’s the story from The Global Times:
The Shennongjia Nature Reserve in Hubei province has examined a strand of hair which it has not managed to identify, prompting local people to speculate that it may belong to the “Wild Man” – China’s own Bigfoot.
Piao Jinlan, a researcher at the reserve, said that scientists need to continue their tests before they can identify the species.
The hair is said to be thicker than human hair and thinner than horsetail hair, and the reserve posted a photo on its website on November 22.
More than 400 people have claimed to have seen the half-man, half-ape “Wild Man” in the area in the last 100 years.
Witnesses describe the creature as walking upright, more than 2 meters tall and with grey, red or black hair all over its body.
An investigative team was set up in 2009 and started a large-scale search for the mysterious creature in Shennongjia this year.
The story doesn’t give too many details about when, where or any other circumstances under which the hair was found. But it is interesting that they cannot yet identify it.