The Army on Monday night tweeted the pictures of a gigantic footprint, claiming it was of the Yeti. A single footprint measure 32×15 inches.
In the three photographs tweeted by the Indian Army from its official handle, the footprints are clearly visible. However, prints are of only 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,” tweeted the official handle.
“We got the inputs about 10 days back and yet we held on to it. But then we decided that there is photographic evidence which matches with earlier theories. We tweeted as we thought it would be prudent to excite scientific temper and rekindle the interest,” said a senior Indian Army official.
“Evidence has been photographed and handed over to subject matter experts. The idea is not to sit on judgement, which should be addressed in a scientific way,” said the officer.
“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,” he noted.
The claims have however set off speculation, ranging from whether the Indian Army has really found Yeti footprints or whether it was just a prank. Despite scepticism from scientists, claims of Yeti sightings continue and the Indian Army’s tweet may just have boosted interest in the mythical creature.
The myth of the Yeti, revolving around an imposing apelike creature that was larger than humans, has its origins in Sherpa folklore.