The Indian army set Twitter ablaze Monday evening after they claimed to have found footprints belonging to the elusive “abominable snowman.” Thousand of social media followers were amazed by the findings, while others were less willing to accept that the images were indeed from a mystical beast. That’s when the mocking began.
The footprints, which were originally found on April 9, were located at Makalu Base Camp in the Himalayas by an Indian Army Mountaineering Expedition Team. The footprints were measured to be 32 inches long.
The Indian Army’s Twitter has over 5.9 million followers, and within minutes of posting the image, they amassed over 12,000 likes and retweets. The caption read: “For the first time, an Indian Army Mountaineering Expedition Team has sited Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast ‘Yeti’ measuring 32×15 inches close to Makalu Base Camp on 09 April 2019.”
As more and more people viewed the image, the more evident it became that these were not the footprints of the abdominal snowman.
One user on Twitter tweeted: “With all due respect to everyone, what we call Yeti is with all probability either the Himalayan Brown Bear or Tibetan Blue Bear. Both are endangered, can grow over 7 feet and are bipedal. The single footprint forms when the bear walks on 4 feet.”
One clever user noticed the footprints were not bipedal, which simply means the animal uses only two legs to walk. “What the hell is wrong with you guys? Just look at those pics for heaven’s sake. That’s not bipedal. Could’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.”
Throughout the world, there are many names the mythical creature is known by. In 1921, the imagination of the masses was captured with the first reported sighting of the beast by Howard Bury during a British Mount Everest reconnaissance expedition.
According to the Daily Mail, Bury referred to the large footprints as “metoh-kangmi,” which translate to “man-bear snowman.” The creature is believed to possibly have lived at some point in time, but logically this creature would have been seen by others if it was still alive.
While this may not be the proof everyone is looking for, the mystique surrounding the “abominable snowman” is alive and well.