Humans have been searching for the Yeti for centuries. Indian Army has recently claimed to have found evidence of the mythical Himalayan monster, which has once again, gave a new dimension to this mystery, raising excitement to know more about this mysterious creature.
The footprints, which measured 32 inches by 15 inches, were spotted on 9thApril near Makalu Base Camp, an isolated mountainous area between Nepal and Tibet. The official Twitter account of the Indian Army’s Additional Directorate General of Public Information tweeted couple of pictures of what it claimed were Yeti tracks on the snow.
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Indian Army’s strong 18 member mountaineering unit started its maiden expedition to Mount Makalu between March and May on 26thMarch. According to a statement released by Indian Army, the unit went there with an objective of reaching the summit of all challenging peaks above 8,000 meters (26,247 feet).
We find mention of ‘Yeti’ in Nepali folklores, which is a furry ape like creature taller than an average human being and that, inhabits the Himalayas and other regions around Tibet. Though their existence has never been proven, but the mystical creature has captured the imagination of many, including British naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
Mostly recent, study on the Himalayan ‘Yeti’ is conducted in the year 2017. In the study, the researchers used mitochondrial DNA sequencing to examine 24 samples of a creature said to be Yeti, which includes hair, bone, skin and feces collected from Tibet and Nepal.
Charlotte Lindqvist and her team, who were part of the study discovered that some of the items belong to a Himalayan brown bear and a black bear. One tooth was from an animal in the dog family. The paw of the ‘Yeti’ kept in a local monastery belongs to a black bear. Another bone kept as a monastic relic was from a Tibetan brown bear.
In the past, other investigations also came to similar conclusions. A study conducted in the year 2014 also found 30 hair samples believed to be of Yetis had actually originated from a variety of beasts such as a Paleolithic polar bear, other types of bears and dogs.
About 350 years ago, the Yeti became part of local traditions in Tibet, when a holy man named Sangwa Dorje came to live in a cave near the remote village of Pangboche. According to the locals, the holy man was helped and supported by Yetis, later in a monastery the holy man kept relics of the beasts.
The mystery of Yeti reached the West, when British explorer Eric Shipton for the first time snapped prints of what appeared to be a large human like footprint in the year 1951 in the west of Mount Everest.
Now, with the new discovery of evidence about ‘Yeti’ by Indian Army, it is for us to see whether the mystery about the creature is going to solve or will continue for another 350 years.