Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Yeti in the mountains!

A Japanese expedition team has again come forward with claims that they found footprints of Yeti (abominable snowman), which is said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. The story of Yeti makes news now and then and grabs a lot of media attention!

(A composite image from Yeti Project Japan shows what team members claim is a yeti footprint (l) photographed on the Dhaulagiri mountain in Nepal, and a human footprint. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images)

"The footprints were about 20 centimetres (eight inches) long and looked like a human's," Yoshiteru Takahashi, the leader of the Yeti Project Japan, told AFP in Kathmandu on Monday.

Takahashi was speaking after he returned with his seven-member team from their third attempt to track down the half-man-half-ape, tales of which have gripped the imaginations of Western adventurers and mountaineers for decades.

Despite spending 42 days on Dhaulagiri IV -- a 7,661-metre (25,135-foot) peak where they say they have seen traces of yetis in the past -- the team failed in their prime objective of capturing one on film.

But Takahashi said the footprints were proof enough.

"Myself and other team members have been coming to the Himalayas for years and we can recognise bear, deer, wolf and snow leopard prints and it was none of those," he said.

Here is the story.