Anyone who’s a regular at LAZERHORSE.ORG knows I’m a big fan of the yeti, or at least a big fan of the idea of the yeti. I’m not some nutter with a big imagination, If anything I’m a small nutter with an average imagination and my fingers crossed. I just think it would be amazing if there was another massive hominid bumbling around in deep forests.
For someone living on a small overpopulated rock in Europe it’s hard to imagine that there could be any large species knocking about that we haven’t already captured and eaten. But on other continents it’s a different story entirely. Northern USA, Canada, Siberia, Mongolia, China, South East Asia have all had Yeti reports in recent times and in the distant past. Below is a drawing of a Mongolian Almas (that’s what they call the yeti) from a 19th-century Tibetan book.
As is the case with any mystery, you have to sort the wheat from the chaff and that’s no small task. People like making stuff up for attention, or for jokes. But that doesn’t mean they are all liars or nutters. Here’s a site with the number of yeti sightings per US state. It’s an impressive number, including many mentals I’m sure, but impressive none the less.
Lots of the reports are just of large footprints which don’t really count to me. Elk, moose and deer all have big feet that could slip in the mud and make extended footprints; or their prints could be rained in and expanded or dried out and widened, too many variables.
The other “sightings” that are counted are of yeti vocalisations. The only problem with these is that you can’t see who’s making the noises of course. It could be aliens for all we know. Or a bear. Or a moose. Or a 6ft frog. Here’s a long video of some freaked out campers wondering whether they’re listening to a yeti:
Still, there’s never going to be a full consensus of opinion until one has been found and brought back, dead or alive, and that’s never happened. So maybe they don’t exist at all.
The reason I started this ramble was because of a recent sighting near Bradford, Pennsylvania, USA. The photographer is John Stomeman (57) who’s a keen walker. He had this to say about his sighting:
I’m a sceptic myself, I’m not a believer, but this was not a bear and you can see fur on it…. It’s wider at the shoulders and tapers down whereas a bear is bigger in the middle and stands differently with its paws out, this was standing like a man, like a bigfoot…… At first some people have discredited it and said it’s just a root ball at the bottom of a fallen tree, but I’ve been back to the exact spot and there is no root ball there…… We do have black bears, but they are considerably smaller than this, it was standing about seven-foot tall.
These aren’t the best pictures I’ve ever seen, but I do admit to getting rather excitable when I hear about some new sightings. I like the yeti more than Santa. What do you think of these?:
So, yeah, not exactly conclusive. But don’t worry. If anything else turns up, you can be sure I’ll report on it here.