Indian army claims it found 'Yeti' footprints on recent mountaineering trip

Wednesday, 01 May, 2019

"One needs to really confirm those measurements of the footprint size because we know for sure that there are no dinosaurs living in the Barun valley", he added.

Reacting to the photos of the possible Yeti footprints released by the Army, Deepak Apte, director of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), said the latest claims do need some attention.

An Indian Army mountaineering expedition team claims to have found yeti footprints near their base camp earlier this month.

The "elusive snowman had only been sighted at Makalu-Barun National Park in the past", the tweet continued, sending social media into a frenzy of skeptical hilarity.

Yeti is said to be a "large hairy creature resembling a human or bear, said to live in the highest part of the Himalayas".

However, the Indian army's tweet still prompted a flurry of jokes about the discovery.

"Seriously disappointing to see Army propagating such foolish myths into reality".

Anusuya wrote: 'What the hell is wrong with you guys?

One twitter user described the claim as "deeply, deeply embarrassing".

Others, were more forgiving, though still tongue-in-cheek. The Indian Army posted photos of what they say are mysterious footprints in the snow, saying the dark tracks measured 32 inches by 15 inches.

The army chose to go public with the pictures 10 days later to "excite scientific temper" and "rekindle interest" in the matter. We got the inputs about 10 days back and yet we held on to it. We will be contacting the team on the satphone in the evening for more details about it. "The idea is to find out more, to look for an answer", the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"Also all the Yeti talk reminds me of Tintin in Tibet and that very hackneyed scene where Captain Haddock is in Delhi", one user posted. While some may think that it is fake but they twitted to aware the scientists who are doing research on this creature for years.

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.

"Mostly such footprints belong to endangered Himalayan Brown Bear", reads another.