30 April 2019: Yeti, a subject shunned by science, has become a trending topic on Twitter after Indian Army told its nearly six million followers that its mountaineering expedition team to Nepal recently came upon footprints which it clearly believes to be that of the legendary Himalayan creature.
As proof, the Twitter handle owned by the Additional Directorate General of Public Information of the Indian Army posted four pictures that not only showed “footprints” of Yeti but also the 18-member team that apparently spotted them.
The pictures have prompted funny reactions from Twitter users while international media outlets appear to wonder how come a group of eighteen soldiers could win the trophy while decades of serious scientific investigations by westerners got them nothing but frustration.
In 2011, a bone thought to be that of a Yeti, which was taken from Nepal half a century ago, turned out to be that of some poor human after Edinburgh Zoo’s genetic expert Dr Rob Ogden analysed its DNA sample. Subsequent investigations also led to samples being attributed to nothing but animals of all kinds.
“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,” reads the text accompanying the Twitter pictures.
The pictures have been retweeted over 7000 times since they were posted yesterday morning, a great many in jocular vein.
Author “Chowkidar Tarun Vijay” went on to urge the Indian Army not to refer to Yeti as a beast, “But please, you are Indian, don’t call Yeti as beast. Show respect for them.”
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’.
— Chowkidar Tarun Vijay (@Tarunvijay) April 29, 2019
Some mocked the tweet because the pictures posted by the Indian Army shows only one foot of the “abominable beast”.
Foot-print suggests that this Yeti is one-legged. Looks like he lost his other leg in Balakote air strike!
— Shah Faesal (@shahfaesal) April 30, 2019
Twitter-user Anusuya also wondered if this particular Yeti walked on “a single foot and travels by jumping” and appeared frustrated as to why the Army did not even consult an animal expert before posting the pictures.
What the hell is wrong with you guys? Just look at those pics for heaven’s sake. That’s not a bipedal. Couldn’t you guys call a single animal expert before posting this ? Unless you are claiming your yeti walks on a single foot and travels by jumping.
— Anusuya (@_IC1101_) April 29, 2019
In its press release on March 26, the Indian Army had announced it would be attempting its first expedition to reach the top of Mt Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world, between March and May. The expedition was part of its plan to summit all mountain peaks above 8000 metres, the press release added.
It was the same 18-member team, which included eight officers and two Junior Commissioned Officers, that spotted the footprints of the mythical character which has been a popular subject of folklore for hundreds of years.