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The Yeti

Yeti – sometimes referred to as the “Abominable Snowman” or Bigfoot in North America. These creatures according to alleged sightings appear to be either ape-like or bear-like two footed bipeds, but larger than the average human being in height. The sightings have been in mountainous regions and particularly in the Himalayas. They are considered by some to be a legend as there is a lack of conclusive scientific evidence of their existence. The term “Abominable Snowman” was first chronicled after an expedition to Mount Everest in 1921 where they found footprints in the snow, which looked like the prints of a large barefooted man. One of the Sherpa guides volunteered that they must be the tracks of the “Wild Man of the Snows”. The frequency of reports of having seen odd tracks, or strange creatures, rose as more Westerners travelled to attempt to scale some of the many mountains in the Himalayas. In the 1950’s Eric Shipton a distinguished mountaineer took some photographs of large prints in the snow. Some argue they are the best evidence of Yetis existence whilst others suggest that the prints have distorted in melting snow. Strange sightings continue to be reported from time to time, thus the mystery, or legend, continues. In fact in the Daily Telegraph this October (2013) the paper said that “research by an Oxford scientist” ( Professor Sykes) “ has found genetic match between an ancient polar bear and samples said to come from the Yeti”. He suggested that this elusive creature referred to as the Abominable Snowman, or Yeti, is still roaming the Himalayas.