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The Yeren (Chinese: 野人; pinyin: yěrén; literally "wild-man"), variously referred to as the Yiren, Yeh Ren, Chinese Wildman, (Chinese: 神农架野人; pinyin: Shénnóngjiàyěrén; literally "The Wildman of Shennongjia"), or Man-Monkey, (Chinese: 人熊; pinyin: Ren Xiong; literally "Man Bear"), is a legendary creature said to be an as yet undiscovered hominid residing in the remote mountainous forested regions of western Hubei.
Witnesses typically report the creatures to be covered in reddish colored hair. Some white specimens have also been sighted. Their height is estimated to range from six to eight feet, although some colossal examples allegedly in excess of ten feet tall have been reported. Overall, it is smaller than the American Bigfoot. Like Bigfoot, the yeren is peaceful and will generally quietly walk away when encountering people in the Zhejiang province.
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Some cryptozoologists have drawn a link between the Yeren and the extinct hominid Gigantopithecus, which formerly inhabited the general region. It has also been suggested that the Yeren is actually a new species of orangutan, one that is ground-dwelling, bipedal and native to mainland Asia instead of Borneo or Sumatra.
It is also thought that the Yeren might just be a legend. The Yeren apparently dwells in a region already rich with superstition and strange phenomena, including an inordinate occurrence of albinism in the local fauna, adding to its mystique. It has been connected with ancient Chinese legends of magical forest ogres and man-like bears.
The Yeren has been studied for years by many scientists from both the western and eastern hemisphere. So far, this mysterious creature has no visual evidence of being real. Although footprints have been found, scientists say it may be an orangutan.