Indian Army Claims To Sight Mythical Yeti Footprints

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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’)

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.

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.

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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