I guess Fortean jobs are like buses - wait for ages with nothing and then they all come along together.
In case you've missed it the internet is currently set to explode over the news of this one. The following version of the report comes from Reuters, most other versions add no extra details.
Scientist's to Look for China's Bigfoot
(Reuters) - A group of Chinese scientists and explorers is looking for
international help to mount a new search for the country's answer to
Bigfoot, known locally as the "Yeren," or "wild man."
Over the years, more than 400 people have claimed sightings of the half-man, half-ape Yeren in a
remote, mountainous area of the central province of Hubei, state news
agency Xinhua said on Saturday.
Expeditions in the 1970s and 1980s yielded hair, a footprint, excrement and a
sleeping nest suspected of belonging to the Yeren, but there has been no
conclusive proof, the report added.
Witnesses describe a creature that walks upright, is more than 2 meters (6 ft 7
in) tall and with grey, red or black hair all over its body, Xinhua
Now the Hubei Wild Man Research Association is looking for volunteers from around the world to
join them on another expedition to look for the Yeren.
"We want the team members to be devoted, as there will be a lot a hard work
in the process," Luo Baosheng, vice president of the group, told
But the team will have to come up with about 10 million yuan ($1.50 million) first, and is talking
to companies and other bodies to secure the funding, so there is no
timetable yet for when they may start, the report added.
China is no stranger to cryptozoology. Tales abound of mysterious, Loch Ness
monster-like creatures living in lakes in remote parts of the country.
Tibetans have also long talked about the existence of the Yeti, or "Abominable
Snowman," in the high mountains of their snowy homeland.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Ron Popeski)
Now there's one problem with this - no indication of how to get in touch with the institute and a search online brings up a serious amount of copies of the above news story - if anyone knowstheir website or how to get in touch with them I would seriously like to know!