Yeti, the Mysterious Snowman is Back
Himalayas is the mystical land of ancient seers and saints, and I’ve often heard enigmatic tales of this mountain range. One such tale which has existed over hundreds of years is of the the mysterious snowman. The myth of the half human, half apelike creature -Yeti or the abominable snowman resurfaced when a TV crew claimed to have found footprints of this creature on the banks of River Manju near the base camp of Mount Qomolangma in the Khumbu region of the Himalayas, where Mount Everest is located. Josh Gates, the presenter, and his crew work on a series called Destination Truth, which follows reports of fantastic creatures.
A Nepalese member of the crew discovered three footprints, out of which the first print was a pristine right paw mark, 33 cm (13 inches) long, with five toes in a wide spread of 25 cm. While the second one was a heel print and another fainter one. This sure has got everyone excited, although Gates said that they aren’t totally sure if the footprints were of Yeti. The team took castings of the three prints which will be examined by scientists in the US.
Here’s a video of the TV crew who discovered the footprints.
The feared Yeti, who supposedly has dangerous powers, is regarded by many as the protector of the mountain range. In the past too there were claims of people spotting Yeti. In fact the 1950s were the golden years of yeti-spotting. The interest was sparked in 1951 by the British Everest explorer, Eric Shipton, who brought back clear photos of strange tracks high on the mountain.
The castings will be analysed by US scientists, but many mainstream scientists and explorers think that this is just a hoax or misidentification of known species. We will find out. But news like these are fun to read and it always raises your curiosity level. So for the time being let’s just follow his footprints.
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