The Indian Army has created a curiosity among the people around the world by sharing pictures of “mysterious footprints” measuring 32X15 inches or 81X38 cm in the Himalayas.
The Army tweeted on Monday that its team had sighted “mysterious footprints of the mythical beast Yeti”, commonly known as the “abominable snowman” that many over the decades claim to have seen, but without much proof.
The tweet was meant to “excite scientific temper,” said sources as the Yeti claim generated curiosity. The army said it discovered the footprints on April 9 at Makalu Base Camp in Nepal. It also claimed that the “elusive snowman” has also only been sighted nearby at Makalu-Barun National Park.
In the images, the prints appear to be of a single foot.
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
Army sources say the story is based on “physical proof of on-the-spot narration”, photos and videos. “We got the inputs about 10 days back and yet we held on to it,” they said, promising that the “photos and videos may surprise you”.
The photographic evidence matches earlier theories, the army claims.
— EconomicTimes (@EconomicTimes) April 30, 2019
“We tweeted as we thought prudent to excite scientific temper and rekindle the interest. Some of us who reject the story surely shall have a definite answer to the evidence. As they say nature, history and science never write their final story,” said a source.
Yeti, during the pre-19th century, has been believed to be a “Glacier Being” who was worshipped by the indigenous communities. The being was depicted as an ape-like creature which carried a large stone as a weapon and made a whistling swoosh sound.
Tales of a wild hairy beast roaming the Himalayas have captured the imagination of climbers in Nepal since the 1920s, prompting many climbers to go looking for it.
Over the years, there have been stories about spotting of Yeti, its footprints, its hair etc, but no credible photograph of the creature.