WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- According to claims from the Indian Army Mountaineering Expedition Team, tracks of the so-called ‘Yeti’ were discovered in a mountainous area between Nepal and Tibet on April 9.
- Also known as the Abominable Snowman, the army reported that the footprints coincided with earlier theories that the mythical creature is ape-like.
- However, their claims were met by a series of reactions from social media, most of whom viewed it as a disgrace and a mockery of their institution.
Social media is going ape after the Indian army claimed to have spotted footprints belonging to the Yeti, otherwise known as the Abominable Snowman.
According to the army’s official account which has also garnered nearly 56 million followers, they tweeted that mysterious footprints of the elusive mythical Himalayan beast have been found for the first time near the Makalu Base Camp by the Indian Army Mountaineering Expedition Team.
The prints, according to the message, reportedly measured 32 by 15 inches were found on April 9 in a remote mountainous area between Nepal and Tibet. They also claimed that the ‘monster’ had been spotted in the past at the Makalu-Barun National Park.
The Times of India reports that despite the tracks being discovered three weeks ago, the army thought of going public only after confirming that it matched earlier theories about the ape-like creature.
“So, we thought it prudent (to go public) to excite scientific temper and rekindle the interest,” tweeted the army.
The tweet prompted an outburst of responses on social media where users viewed it as pure monkey business.
Praveen Swami tweeted, “Whoever in the Indian Army’s PR has circulated this is disgracing the institution, and India, in the world’s eyes,” while Indrani Bagchi referred to it as something that Russia might be using as a spy.
Meanwhile, a prominent author and former politician Tarun Vijay congratulated the army and also suggested that using the word “beast” was disrespectful and asked them to show respect especially if “he is a snowman.”
In his response to the Indian army’s tweet on Tuesday, self-proclaimed scientist Kushal Prajapati said: “With all due respect, institutions such as yours should be more responsible and careful before going ahead and declaring the sighting of any footprints as ‘Yeti’s’!”
Despite the claims, no scientific evidence exists confirming the existence of the Yeti.
According to the BBC, tests performed in 2011 at Edinburgh Zoo on a 50-year-old bone believed to be from a Yeti turned out to be human. In 2013, based on research by a British scientist, the Yeti may actually be a sub-species of a brown bear.
Source: New York Post