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Tracking Red-Haired Corn-Eating Big Foot

BEIJING (Reuters) - Standing 2.5 meters (eight feet) tall, with long red hair and a taste for corn on the cob, Big Foot is back and apparently running around a nature reserve in central China, state media said Monday.

Chinese scientists are on the trail of the legendary ape-like beast after a hunter reported seeing a huge fast-moving creature covered in long, red hair in Hubei province's Shennongjia Nature Reserve two months ago, the China Daily said..

The scientists found 40-cm (16-inch) footprints, brown hair and chewed corn cobs at the spot where the hunter said he saw the beast, and concluded they were not left by a bear, it said..

Scientists have unearthed hundreds of fossilized teeth of giant apes in the area, and some speculate that Big Foot could be a descendant of such primates, it said..