The Indian Army Monday claimed it had discovered “mysterious footprints” of a Yeti, a mythical creature of folklore in Nepal.
Taking to Twitter, the Army said its Mountaineering Expedition Team had found its footprints, measuring 32.15 inches, near the Makalu base camp in Nepal on April 9, 2019. It posted pictures of its sighting too.
Yeti or the “abominable snowman” is an ape-like creature in Nepal folklore believed to be taller than average human. It is said to inhabit the Himalayas, Siberia, Central and East Asia. The names Yeti and Meh-Teh are commonly used by the people indigenous to the region.
The Army’s tweet Monday garnered a lot of social media attention, with Yeti being among the top trending topics. While several users trolled the Army for its claims, some have congratulated it.
Former BJP MP Tarun Vijay responded to the Army saying, “Congratulations, we are always proud of you. salutes to the #IndianArmy Moutaineering Expedition Team. But please, you are Indian, dont call Yeti as beast. Show respect for them. If you say he is a ‘snowman’.”