On Monday, the Indian Army announced that they had sighted footprints of the Yeti, or "The Abominable Snowman", as the beast is commonly referred to. For the uninitiated, the Yeti is a mythical creature believed to reside in the snow-clad mountains. The footprints were spotted close to Makalu base camp
As written in the above tweet by the Indian Army, the mythical creature was previously spotted at Makalu Barun National Park, but researchers have failed to prove its existence. Supposedly, it is said to be a furry creature, resembling a bear.
The Yeti is also known in popular culture as 'The Abominable Snowman', owing to descriptions and first-person accounts of its large size and terrifying nature. The Yeti is also an elusive creature which belongs to traditional Nepalese folklore. It is usually described as being furry and ape-like.
'The legend of Yeti' of a Sherpa word for 'wild man' dates back to 1920s. They are said to be gigantic in size, weigh around 100-180 kilograms, and reside at high altitudes where most humans would not prefer living. Several references have been made to the Yeti in Nepalese folklore, that claims that it is a creature, bigger than an average human and mainly found in areas such as Siberia, The Himalayas and in Eastern and Central Asia.
In 1951, renowned British explorer Eric Shipton took a picture of a giant footprint that clearly showed a thumb. The footprint was found on the Menlyung Glacier on the Nepal-Tibet border near Makalu Barun national park. Throughout the 20th century, the fascination with the Yeti grew stronger. Two expeditions — one that almost included Edmund Hillary — were mounted in the 1950s in search of these creatures.