The official and verified Twitter account of the Indian Army's Additional Directorate General of Public Information on Tuesday posted the pictures of what it described as Yeti tracks in the snow.
Army Claims Sighting Of Yeti Footprint
In the folklore of Nepal, the yeti is an ape-like creature taller than the average humans and is said to live in the Himalayas, Siberia, as well as Central and East Asia.
For the first time, an #IndianArmy Moutaineering Expedition Team has sited Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast 'Yeti' measuring 32x15 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. pic.twitter.com/AMD4MYIgV7 — ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) April 29, 2019
The tweet also mentioned that the abominable snowman has only been sighted at the Makalu-Barun National Park in the past. This is in reference to the 1951 report by a British explorer named Eric Shipton that he found Yeti footprint while looking for an alternate route up Mt. Everest.
People on social media responded to the tweet with a barrage of jokes, but there appears to be no indication that the army is joking about the abominable snowman.
Officials were reportedly turning over the evidence to experts, and wanted to go public to rekindle the public's interest in the mythical creature.
Existence Of Yeti Never Been Proven
Regardless that the Indian Army is serious in its claim, some are skeptical the footprint in the photos belongs to the Yeti. Some called out that there was only one footstep and others think the footprint belongs to an animal.
"What we call Yeti is with all probability either the Himalayan Brown Bear or Tibetean Blue Bear. Both are endangered, can grow over 7 feet and are bipedal. The single foot print forms when the bear walks on 4 feet," a Twitter user commented.
The existence of the creature has never been proven. A 2011 bone thought to be from a yeti turned out to belong to a human. Samples of yeti hair that were tested were found to belong to bears or dogs.