Indian army's claim to have found footprints of Yeti sparks ridicule

An Indian Army Mountaineering Expedition Team announced they found a series of mysterious large footprints close to a camp near Mount Makalu.

Mumbai: The Indian Army has claimed to have sighted footprints of the Yeti, a mythical creature in the Himalayas.

Given the lack of evidence for existence, scientists have regarded the Yeti as legend.

Daniel C. Taylor, who has extensively explored the Makalu-Barun area and written a book on the mystery of the Yeti, said the footprints were likely those of bears.

Alleged "yeti" have occasionally been sighted since, but none of the sightings has panned out. And news columnist Sadanand Dhume humorously said he is "looking forward to the Indian Navy's official handle tweeting about having found the Loch Ness Monster".

The tweet drew an avalanche of criticism - including one that suggested the prints were made by someone in snow shoes.

Twitter users reacted with disbelief that the Indian army would make such a bold claim about the footprints of a "mythical beast".

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The Yeti has always been part of Nepali folklore, with legends from a number of Himalayan communities claiming the existence of a wild man in the mountains, or a hybrid man-bear creature.

The Indian army claimed via Twitter to have seen footprints belonging to the "Yeti," the "elusive snowman" of Nepalese folklore, sparking ridicule on social media.

The unbelievable fact about Yetis is that nobody has ever seen them. "I see one feet right infront of the other, just as a model would walk on ramp, unless it is a one-legged Yeti:P", Hemant Chandak tweeted.

Perhaps because the content there included the results of all DNA testing on physical evidence speculated to be yeti turned out to be dogs or bears.

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Tweeted as we thought "prudent to excite scientific temper and rekindle the interest", it said.

Another chimed in saying: "With all due respect to everyone, what we call Yeti is with all probability either the Himalayan Brown Bear or Tibetean Blue Bear".

  • Sonia Alvarado