Published: Tue, April 30, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Army claims to have sighted footprints of the Yeti

Army claims to have sighted footprints of the Yeti

Indian army said it discovered the footprints of Yeti on April 9 at Makalu Base Camp in Nepal. The Army also mentioned in its tweet that the elusive snowman has only been sighted before at Makalu-Barun National Park.

It tweeted images of footprints in the snow to its six million followers on Monday.

And in 2013, DNA tests on hair samples carried out by Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes found that they matched those from an ancient polar bear.

"For the first time, an #IndianArmy Mountaineering Expedition Team has sited Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast "Yeti", it said in a tweet, not explaining how a mythical beast could leave footprints. "Another myth is that "Ashwathama" - immortal son of Dronacharya from Mahabharata - is still alive and roaming in the mountains and those noises are his cries in despair".

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Yeti is covered in thick fur and is much bigger than an average human.

The post added that the prints, measuring 81x38 cm (32x15 inches), were discovered close to Makalu base camp in the Himalayas. Providing pictures of their findings, the team seemed to be attributing with certainty the footprints to the "mythical beast "Yeti". However, in 2007, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organisation had put forward some photos which they claimed showed a juvenile Bigfoot.

Twitter users reacted with disbelief that the Indian army would make such a bold claim about the footprints of a "mythical beast". In November 2017, a report in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B cited the sighting of a ' Half man half snowman,' which is perhaps a bear. For decades, the mysterious giant snowman, whether abominable or not, has fired the imagination of the adventurers and mountaineers venturing into the Himalayan heights, as part of the Nepali folklore.

Joint secretary of Nepal's forest department Maheshwar Dakal said the Makalu-Barun National Park has a healthy population of the brown bear but they have no evidence that the Yeti exists in the area. The tweet also became the butt of many jokes.

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