BEIJING (Reuter - June 2, 1996) -- China has opened a museum dedicated to the elusive "Big Foot" ape-man said to roam the Shennongjia Nature Reserve in central Hubei province, the Xinhua news agency said on June 2.
The museum displays samples of reddish hair and plaster models of huge footprints collected over the years that are said to prove the existence of the creature, which local residents call the "Wild Man," Xinhua said.
Opened last month, the museum also features documents and pictures of various scientific and exploratory operations mounted over the years to track down the creature.
"All the materials in the museum are genuine," the agency quoted Chen Renlin, Chairman of the Shennongjia Cultural Research Society and self-proclaimed "Big Foot" expert, as saying.
Since the 1950s, both scientists and amateurs have searched in vain for the creature in the Shennongjia valley, as well as for its cousin the Yeti in the Himalaya mountains.
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