The Indian army claimed Monday that it discovered the mythical Yeti’s footprints at a Himalayan military base, which they photographed and posted online.
The Indian army’s Mountaineering Expedition Team found alleged footprints from the Abominable Snowman near Makalu Base Camp on April 9 in the snows of the Himalayan mountains, according to the Indian army’s Twitter account. The Twitter post went viral as of Tuesday, though several Indian nationals ridiculed the tweet and used it as a platform to criticize the Indian government. (RELATED: Democratic Congressional Candidate Accuses Opponent Of Being ‘Devotee Of Bigfoot Erotica’)
For the first time, an #IndianArmy Moutaineering Expedition Team has sited Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast ‘Yeti’ measuring 32×15 inches close to Makalu Base Camp on 09 April 2019. This elusive snowman has only been sighted at Makalu-Barun National Park in the past. pic.twitter.com/AMD4MYIgV7
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) April 29, 2019
The Yeti is a Sasquatch-like creature of Tibetan and Nepalese folklore. Various locals and western explorers have claimed either to have seen a Yeti or, in some cases, to have evidence such as a scalp or disembodied hand of Yeti, though scientific analyses have proven many of these claims to be misidentification of known Himalayan wildlife, namely bears.
This is deeply, deeply embarrassing: whoever in the Indian Army’s PR has circulated this is disgracing the institution, and India, in the world’s eyes. https://t.co/f11OvolnUb
— Praveen Swami (@praveenswami) April 30, 2019
Why not ask the man who spent many mysterious, solitary years in the Himalayas – PM Modi?
We’re anyway blessed to have a leader who knows everything about everything – climate change, transplant surgery, monetary policy, missiles, mythology, history, mangoes, crocodiles. #Yeti https://t.co/cqDhGxCbm2
— Rakesh Sharma (@rakeshfilm) April 30, 2019
Finding yeti is like finding the address of all the promises that our politicians make before elections. India vote wisely or look for footprints for the next 5 years.
— Shuja (@ShujaUH) April 30, 2019
— Kanchan Gupta (@KanchanGupta) April 30, 2019
One former Indian politician, Tarun Vijay, praised the alleged discovery, but urged the Indian army to show “respect” for the Yeti by referring to it as a snowman instead of a beast. Vijay’s post also garnered mockery.
Congratulations, we are always proud of you. salutes to the #IndianArmy Moutaineering Expedition Team. But please, you are Indian, dont call Yeti as beast. Show respect for them. If you say he is a ‘snowman’.
— Chowkidar Tarun Vijay (@Tarunvijay) April 29, 2019
I’m looking forward to the Indian Navy’s official handle tweeting about having found the Loch Ness Monster, and a former BJP MP ticking them off for using the un-Indian word “monster.” pic.twitter.com/pXgciqMzmQ
— Sadanand Dhume (@dhume) April 30, 2019
Daniel C. Taylor, author of “Yeti: The Ecology of a Mystery,” argued that the footprints were probably those of multiple bears, instead of a singular creature.
“If that is the footprint of an animal or a single animal, it’s the size of a dinosaur,” Taylor told Reuters.
“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.
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