The Reports Begin
Reports of a large, human like
creature in the Himalayas have
found as far back as 1832. In
that year, B.H. Hodgson
wrote in The Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal of a human-like
that walked erect and was covered in dark hair. He stated that the
people, called Sherpas, told him it was a demon...
Sherpa Description of the
The local Sherpas claim there
are actually 2 yetis.
Dzu-teh which is 7-8 feet tall and meh-teh which is only 5-6 feet tall.
describe yeti as being 6 feet tall, ape-like with human
covered with short brownish-red hair (and occasionally described as
white spots on his chest). The creatures hair is longer on the
walks slightly slumped. He is described as having a broad face and
Most reports indicate he has large teeth, but no fangs. His head is
described as being conical shaped with a pointed crown. He has large,
that almost reach to his knees.
In 1889, Major L.A Waddell found
human like footprints
in the snow one morning. His Sherpa guides matter-of-factly told him
the prints of a hairy wild man that was often seen in the area. Waddell
Among the Himalayans (1899). "The belief in these creatures is
Expeditioners to the Himalayas,
including many from the Western countries continue to report sightings
strange creature. In September 1921, on a mountaintop near Tibet
feet, Lt. Col. C.K. Howard-Bury found strange footprints in the snow.
Howard-Bury, who was on an expedition to Mount
described the prints as being 3 times the size of a man's. His Sherpa
side-kicks told him that they were from 'a manlike thing that is not a
newspaper columnist wrote a piece based on Howard-Bury's note. In his
the columnist mistakenly translated Howard-Bury's Sherpa description
animal as 'abominable snowman'. The name has stuck ever since.
The name 'yeti' came about in
1925. N.A. Tombazi, a
British photographer and member of the Royal Geographical Society,
strange account on the Zemu Glacier:
The intense glare and
brightness oft he snow prevented me from seeing anything for the 1st
seconds, but I soon spotted the 'object' referred to about 200-300
down the valley to the east of our camp. Unquestionably, the figure in
was exactly like a human being, walking upright and stopping
uproot or pull at some dwarf rhododendron bushes. It showed up dark
snow and, as far as I could make out, wore no clothes. Within the next
or so it had moved into some thick scrub and was lost to view.
Tambazi immediately examined the
area and found 16 footprints, shaped
like a man's, 6-7 inches long and 4 inches wide. It was from this
term 'Yeti' (from the Sherpa yeh-teh, meaning 'the thing') became known.
Modern day reports
Sightings continue to this day. In 1970 on Mount Annapurna,
Don Whillans, a British Mountaineer, heard eerie cries that his Sherpa
told him were the screams of a 'yeti'. Don spotted a dark figure on a
ridge and when he examined the area the next day, he found large
buried 18 inches in the snow. He knew from the depths of the prints
animal must have been extremely large and heavy and this was confirmed
witnessed the creature pulling branches
and leaves from a nearby tree.
He had no doubt that what he was seeing
was not a human creature or an ape since he observed the entire even
20 minutes through a pair of binoculars.
Two years later, on December 17,
1972, the Edward Cronin expedition
(officially known as the Aruri
to find strange tracks passing between their tents. They tracks were
examined and found to be 9 inches long by 4 3/4 inches wide. They were
like with 5 toes and a large heel. They attempted to follow the tracks
had to abandon their search when the terrain became so rough they could
longer continue. They stared helplessly as the tracks were seen to
over a heavily wooded ridge. It was obvious to them that whatever made
tracks was much stronger and more adept to the environment that they
Physical evidence of yeti also
exists. Tibetan monks had long claimed
to possess the hand of a yeti creature. In 1959, a Westerner named
sought to analyze the hand. After a little persuasion, the monks agreed
Peter examine the hand in private. Peter, apparently a not-so-honest
guy, stole a finger and thumb off of the hand. In it's place, he
human finger and thumb that he snuck into the complex. The yeti parts
smuggled into India.
From there, the famous film actor, James Stewart, and his wife Gloria,
the parts in underwear and buried them deep in their suitcases. The
souvenirs made it across the remaining borders and into England
suitcase. The British primatologists W.C.Osman Hill, analyzed the parts
first declared them human. Later he changed his analysis and reported
were probably from a Neanderthal. Zoologist Charles A. Leone and
George Agogino then took their turn in examining the ill-obtained
stated that they were from a human hand with very primitive
Blood tests obtained from the skin of the finger, indicated that the
neither human nor primitive.
Fecal droppings were also
obtained during the 1959 expedition. When
examined in the laboratory, they were shocked to discover an unknown
They deduced that since the parasite was previously unknown, the hosts
fecal droppings came from would therefore also be 'unknown'.
Large prehistoric ape fossils
were soon discovered in the Himalayan
foothills giving rise to the theory that the strange creature must be
of unknown ape. Some speculated that the creature may have evolved from
these prehistoric apes. What is definitely known is that something
exists in the Himalayan mountains - an elusive creature that continues