Yeti Footprints Found By Indian Army

Yeti FootPrints

According to Nepali folklore, the Yeti is a mythical ape-like creature that resides in the Himalayas, Central Asia and Siberia. As is well known that British explorer Eric Shipton who was searching for an alternative route to the Mt. Everest first captured the footprints of the Yeti in 1951 and brought it to the knowledge of the masses. Speaking of which, the foot impressions was found on the Menlyung Glacier which is situated on the Nepal-Tibet border near the Makalu-Barun National Park.

And now Indian Army on Twitter claims it found ‘abominable snowman’, Yeti Footprints for the first time. Indian Army Mountaineering Expedition Team has sighted Mysterious Footprints of mythical creature ‘Yeti’ measuring 32×15 inches close to Makalu Base Camp on 09 April 2019. This elusive snowman has only been spotted at Makalu-Barun National Park in the past. In the images, the foot impressions appear to be of a single foot. For decades, a number of people claimed to have seen Yeti but were not able to show proof.

Yeti Footprints
Yeti FootPrints Found by Indian Army
Image Source: Outlook India

The Additional Directorate General of Public Information (ADG-PI) of the Indian Army late on Monday tweeted photos of the same. The Yeti – also known as Abominable Snowman or Asian Bigfoot – is believed to be an inhabitant of the Himalayas, however, its existence has remained questionable and unverified. Yetis are believed to weigh anywhere between 91 to 181 kilograms with a height of above 7 feet.  

Is the Nepalese folklore of the Yeti — the ape—like snowman that is way taller than an average human — really true?

The Indian Army might like to believe so. The tweet soon went viral with some Twitterati asking if this is some sort of prank or is it that official account of the Indian Army was hacked.

However, this is not the first time where such a claim has been made and later dismissed.  Quashing the theory, Charlotte Lindqvist, associate professor at the University of Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences, had said: “Our findings strongly suggest that the biological underpinnings of the Yeti legend can be found in local bears. Brown bears roaming the high altitudes of the Tibetan Plateau, and brown bears in the western Himalayan mountains, appear to belong to two separate populations. The split occurred about 650,000 years ago during a period of glaciation,” reported AFP. In November 2017, a report in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B said that the ‘half-human half-snowman’ that people have asserted to sight is verily a bear. They even categorised the three kind of bears that is likely to be spotted in the Himalayan region — the Asian black bear, the Tibetan brown bear and the Himalayan brown bear. 

So, what precisely is a Yeti?

The legend of Yeti — a Sherpa word for ‘wild man’ — dates back to 1920s. They are said to be gigantic in size, weigh around 100-180 kilograms, and settled in elusiveness at high altitudes where most humans would not prefer residing. 

Yeti
Animated representation of Yeti.

Humans have for long been enchanted with these anonymous beings supposedly walking the Himalayan mountains. In 1951, renowned British explorer Eric Shipton, on the west of the Mt. Everest, took a picture of a giant footprint that clearly showed a thumb, of a mysterious creature for whom the term abominable snowman was coined. Eric Shipton was one of the most adored and respected Everest Explorers, so if he claims to have brought something it was thought to be real and not questioned at all. Throughout the 20th century, the fascination with the Yeti grew stronger. Innumerable expeditions were launched and sent out in the search of Yeti. Most of them were mounted by an American Oil businessman named Tom Slick. One that almost included Edmund Hillary — were mounted in the 1950s  by the The World Book Encyclopaedia in search of these creatures.

Daniel Taylor, author of “ Yeti: The Ecology of a Mystery”, in an interview to National Geographic  explains what he thinks made that human-like footprint, how his search eventually led to the creation of a national park, and why, in an age where we have become disconnected from nature, we have a deep need to believe in mysteries. He has been searching for signs of this “Abominable Snowman” in the high Himalayas since he was a child. His fascinating search for Yeti was mostly focused in the wild Barun Valley region of Nepal. During his search he got to know about this greatest wilderness on the earth. But it was not protected was bound to be infiltrated by the humans in the near future. So to protect the dense paradisiacal region surrounded by the majestic Chamlang mountain and it’s floura , fauna especially the mysterious elusive Yeti, he helped create the Makalu-Barun National Park in Nepal. In his famous book he write towards the end of the book, “At the end of the search for a wild man in the snows, a new wild grows.”

I would end this blog by mentioning the deep thought provoking words by Daniel Taylor that the deep mystery at our core is that we want to be connected to the great beyond. And we need symbols to help us understand the connection. That’s why we believe in God or angels or demons or the Loch Ness Monster or the Yeti in Himalayas. Throughout human history, and across human cultures, we have developed messengers from the great beyond. Ultimately, that’s what the Yeti is…

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