|The jungles of Vietnam are ridiculously thick and unfriendly.|
Vietnam is a land that has produced more new species of large mammal than anywhere else on Earth. Before 1992 when a bovine called the saola was discovered, only one large mammal species had been described over the 50 previous years. However, starting with the saola, three new species of large goat-like mammals were described in just four years, and they all came from Vietnam. Interestingly, since the 1992 discovery of the saola it has yet to be observed by a scientist in the field. Certainly, if an antelope can remain hidden in the mountainous jungles of Vietnam, a rare species of wildman can do the same.
Stories of bigfoot-like creatures were brought back to America by returning veterans of the Vietnam war. Many soldiers described what would later be called “rock apes” being seen in the thickly forested mountains as the troops were either camped or moving from place to place. The first time I heard such a story was from an acquaintance of my father. He reportedly saw a seven-foot hairy man run across a opening in the forest during a gun battle. The hairy man then scaled a steep rocky cliff that no man would ever think of climbing, and it did so with staggering speed. Since the soldier was engaged in a gun battle at the time, he had other things to worry about and didn’t bother taking notes on what he saw. Still, he was very much blown away by the sighting.