This is the Yeti.
It is here that for centuries the Sherpa people of Nepal have lived in fear of a monster, a huge creature that is said to be similar to the Bigfoot seen by many in North America. The creature is said to be at least eight feet tall, covered in grey or dark-coloured hair and said to make blood-curdling cries at night, usually right before livestock are found dead. The beast is said to be capable of killing yaks with a single blow, and even hunt local villagers. It is enmeshed in the local mythology and traditions, with the creature appearing in many stories of a "wildman" that was revered as a God, appearing in many Tibetan tapestries found in monasteries in Asia.
It is called the Yeti.
Translated it means "mountain man".
Western interest in the possibility of a bi-pedal hominid roaming the mountain range grew when in 1951, mountaineer Eric Shipton, while on his fifth expedition on Mount Everest, photographed tracks of prints at 20,000 ft above sea level, estimated to be twelve inches long by five inches wide, spanning a couple of miles or so. These photographs are in some eyes the most compelling evidence to support the existence of Yeti, and have in the years since been the subject of heavy debate in the scientific community. Some believe the tracks were made by a known animal, such as a mountain ape or a bear, and were distorted by the melting ice and snow.
Scientists consider the Yeti to be nothing more than a legend, and maintain there is little hard evidence to support its existence. Sightings of the creature are put down to mis-identification with the Tibetan Blue Bear or mountain gorillas, and some purported Yeti hairs recovered have been proven to have a 100% DNA match with a sample taken from a jawbone found in Norway of an ancient species of polar bear, suggesting that the Yeti is indeed a bear, perhaps a rare species. However, many Western eyewitnesses and Sherpa natives maintain that they know the difference between what they are seeing and bears.
The Yeti is considered by many to be a more dangerous version of hominid, with many Sherpa women claiming to have been attacked or had their hair pulled by the creature, however in many more recent accounts the beast is said to flee in terror at the sight of humans, with it being seen jumping over crevasses to get away!
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Matty resides in the Riverland, South Australia, a place with a few mysteries of its own...
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