The Người Rừng or Batutut also called Ujit is a hominid cryptid thought to inhabit the Vu Quang nature reserve and other wilderness areas of Viet Nam and Laos.
Người Rừng is described as being approximately six feet tall and completely covered with hair except the knees, the soles of the feet, the hands and the face. The hair ranges in color from gray to brown to black. The creature walks on two legs and has been reported seen both solitary and moving in small clans. It is most often sighted foraging for food from fruits and leaves.
- A 1947 sighting by a French colonist, refers to the animal as a L'HOMME SAUVAGE (wild man).
- In his 2001 Ballentine book Very Crazy G.I. - Strange but True Stories of the Vietnam War Veteran Kregg P.J. Jorgenson relates an actual sighting of such a creature by a team of LRRPs. The men refer to it as a "Rock Ape" reporting it as being small in stature, about 5 feet tall, and having a reddish tinge to its fur.
- John Mackinnon claims to have first observed tracks in 1970 Vu Quang reserve that lead him to believe that hominid similar to Meganthropus palaeojavanicus lives there. His 1975 book IN SEARCH OF THE RED APE describes his experiences and findings.
- A professor Tran Hong Viet of Pedagogic University of Hanoi reported in 1982 finding similar footprints similar to those of MacKinnon in 1970, of which he made casts. He had been making an extensive post-war inventory of natural resources. While collecting near Chu Mo Ray in Sa Thay District, he came across the prints. A photo of the cast of the print was later published by Fortean News of the World (Japan Fortean Information Society).
- Two Nguoi Rung were reportedly captured by tribesmen near Dak Lak Province in 1971. In 1974 a North Vietnamese general, Hoang Minh Thao, requested an expedition to find evidence of the creatures, but it was unsuccessful.
- The primary theory regarding this unknown hominid is that the Nguoi Rung are a surviving population of Homo erectus or Neanderthal.