Small, naked, human-like-creature-running-away video goes viral

A viral video claims to show evidence of a legendary and ancient tribe of people on the Indonesian island of Aceh, the suku mante (or Orang Mante). The video has been viewed nearly 7 million times. It’s really awful, as these things almost always are. But people really believe this stuff.

Here it is, in all its glorious vagueness.

The copyright belongs to Fredo Pastrona who runs the video company Fredography. He features Enduro motocross in natural settings. He is truly enjoying the publicity as he links to every media site that features his video. The video itself, however, is incredibly suspicious. It is not clear and shows distortion so that we don’t get a good view of the human-like subject running away. Also, as with various Bigfoot fakes, the subject is too compliant, waiting to appear at just the right time (which makes no sense) and then conveniently stays in frame just long enough before magically disappearing. Many have remarked about the pale buttock area which suggests clothing was a usual custom.

The video exploits the idea that an indigenous tribe of diminutive humans still lives in the Aceh forests and shuns contact with modern civilization. I can’t read Indonesian and translations are not altogether helpful. But the idea seemed to be bolstered by the finding of fossil Homo Florensiensis on another Indonesian island, Flores. The population has been called the “Hobbit” because of its short stature and may have died out only 12,000 years ago. Or less, some wish to think.

Some Bigfooters have suggested it was the fabled Orang Pendek (Sumatra) but Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Bigfoot researcher, does not agree. Orang Pendek is clearly described as not naked but covered in hair.

Regardless, if the little man in this video wished to avoid civilization, he did a poor job. He didn’t see or hear the loud and smelly motorbikes approaching? Weird. Mostly, the video quality and detail suggests this is a manufactured hoax. Fredography (Copyright) avoided providing information about the location as well. Dude, you lost all credibility, there. Hope you enjoy your few days in the spotlight. I wouldn’t recommend you for a job but some gullible rubes will, I’m sure.

For those of you tuning in who may think this is legit, this is not credible evidence of anything. I’ve passed on the link to Captain Disillusion for advice. I’ll let you know if he will even waste his valuable time with this bit.

Still shot from video when leading biker falls over after encountering the mystery human.

  7 comments for “Small, naked, human-like-creature-running-away video goes viral

  1. Bob Jase
    March 29, 2017 at 10:22 PM

    Well it wasn’t all that short, it wasn’t hairy &, despite the muddy road, the filmer didn’t get any shots of footprints.

    My guess – someone’s cousin streaking for the camera.

  2. March 30, 2017 at 10:21 AM


    That thing is kind of hard to make out, but it kind of looks like a child to me. It doesn’t look like some newly discovered species of human per say.

    By the way, I thought you guys had removed the ability to post comments on this website for some reason, since for awhile I didn’t see any and it wasn’t giving me the option to post them here. Glad to see I was wrong about that.

  3. March 30, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Bob Jase,

    You wrote
    Well it wasn’t all that short, it wasn’t hairy &, despite the muddy road, the filmer didn’t get any shots of footprints.

    My guess – someone’s cousin streaking for the camera.

    My guess is that its a child or a very short person hunched over and filmed at an angle to make them appear even shorter. Maybe they’re still wearing clothing, since the image is so blurry.

  4. randall krippner
    March 30, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    I looked at the video frame by frame and it is either a small adult or teenager, apparently nude and covered in mud. No one seems to have noted that the individual is carrying a long, slender object. As the video progresses to the point where the biker is chasing the person, it becomes very difficult to tell because of the poor quality of the video, but there are a few frames where it’s possible to see that the person is carrying what appears to be an ordinary shovel.

    The video quality is so poor it’s difficult to do any kind of significant enhancement but I suspect that what they ran into was either a person engaged in illegal mining, some kind of poaching activity or some kind of other illegal activity like looting archeological sites.

  5. idoubtit
    March 30, 2017 at 12:26 PM

    Actually it was a stick. The pursuers claim to have recovered the large stick he was carrying.

  6. Bob Jase
    March 30, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    As to height, please note that the bike riders are wearing shoes & helmets yet the grass the ‘creature’ disappeared into is till almost taller than them as well.

  7. Russian Skeptic
    April 19, 2017 at 4:38 AM

    The simplest explanation is a 7-year-old child who can at that age be as short as 110 cm. Just Occam’s razor.

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