Sasquatch fever has struck Malaysia, where an animal-protection group now claims to have “scientific evidence” to prove the existence of the legendary creature known as “Bigfoot.”

The Johor Wildlife Protection Society says it has discovered an entire colony of the creature, which it has dubbed “Orang Lenggor” (Lenggor People) in the Johor jungles.

“We will make public the evidence soon,” the society’s secretary Tay Teng Hwa told Bernama, the Malaysian National News Agency.

He noted a member of his group spent six years studying the creatures and interacted directly with the colony.

“The adult creatures are between 10 and 12 feet tall while their children are six- to seven-footers. Seventy percent of the Orang Lenggor have a human appearance but the rest resemble apes.”

He described the creatures as being timid, with black hair on their bodies at young ages, turning brown as they grow older.

“They like to eat fish and fruits they gather in the jungles, including durian. They also have a liking for river water that contains dissolved salt and would walk for miles to get it,” Tay added.

He did not disclose the precise location of the purported Bigfoot colony or the type of “scientific evidence” the society possesses, but did say the society decided to reveal its discovery now because foreigners with sophisticated equipment were entering the Johor jungles to track down Bigfoot without the knowledge of the state government.

“We are worried these foreigners might find Bigfoot and then announce to the world as their discovery,” he said.

Media from across the world have already made it to Malaysia to try to document the discovery.

The New Straits Times says they include the BBC, a seven-man crew from a U.S.-based firm producing TV documentaries and a cameraman from KBS 2TV in South Korea.

Locals, including Dicky Darwis Abdul Rahman, told the Times some people believe they’ve even heard the wild call of Bigfoot.

“The workers who regularly go hunting in the nearby jungle know how to differentiate the calls of the various animals in the jungle and they are convinced that the roars were unlike that of any known animal.”

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