The Bukit Timah Monkey Man is a forest-dwelling hominid said to inhabit the Bukit Timah region of Singapore.
In most accounts, the Bukit Timah Monkey Man is described as a bipedal ape with grey hair covering its body between one and two meters tall with a monkey's face.
Sightings of the Bukit Timah Monkey Man are exceedingly rare. Most records come from Malay folklore or from Japanese soldiers during World War II. The first report of the creature came in 1805, when a Malay elder observed a hairy, bipedal creature.
A 48-year-old taxi driver, who lives around the neighbourhood of Serangoon, was quoted as saying:
- "When driving my taxi past the fire station on Upper Bukit Timah Road in the middle of the night I hit what I thought was a child that ran out in the middle of the road. It was on the car bonnet and then snarled at me - it was like a monkey but so big! It ran off injured covered in blood, and holding its arm which was broken."
A 29-year-old housewife said:
- "I was going to the bus stop early one morning to catch the bus 171. It was very foggy and cold. I thought I saw a tramp going through the rubbish bin, however when I approached, it called out with a loud animal sound and ran back into the forest. It was grey, hairy and ran on two legs, but had a monkey's face. I was shivering with fear and called the police but to no avail."
A 65-year-old retiree from the neighbourhood of Bukit Panjang recalled the creature from his childhood, saying:
- "We were always told as children when in the Kampung not to go near the forest at night due to the Monkey Man. Of course we never saw it ourselves but it was always some uncle or friend of the family who had seen it. Once we were shown these footprints near the forest road, and I remember the strong urine smell. Whenever we heard shrieks coming from the jungle we would tell each other- don't disturb the Monkey Man."
If the Bukit Timah Monkey Man did exist, its habitat would be extremely small. The Bukit Timah rainforest is approximately 1.6 square kilometers in area and the nature reserve is frequented by visitors. Also, the area is enclosed by urban settlement, being just 12 kilometers from the city center.