The Indian Army on April 29 claimed that an expedition team sighted the “mysterious footprints of mythical beast ‘Yeti’” at the Makalu Base Camp in the Himalayas.
Sharing photos of the footprints, which the Indian Army believes to be of the Yeti, the official twitter handle said, “Moutaineering Expedition Team has sited Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast ‘Yeti’ measuring 32×15 inches close to Makalu Base.”
For the first time, an #IndianArmy Moutaineering Expedition Team has sited Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast ‘Yeti’ measuring 32×15 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
As soon as the army put the pictures out, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders like ‘Chowkidar’ Tarun Vijay applauding the Indian Army said, “please, you are Indian, don’t call Yeti as beast. Show respect for them. If you say he is a ‘snowman’.”
— सीता राम (@mandir_tr) April 30, 2019
And twitter reacted how twitter reacts, with wit and humour.
How dare you call him a beast , Say Yeti Jii or Chowkidar Yeti Je 🐍 https://t.co/0aqfS7w3Q1
— direction less vector (@_IbnKashmir) April 30, 2019
Rare pic of Snowman aka Yeti Ji wandering around in the Himalayas with handful of clothes so that they can be packed in his small Jhola. (2019) pic.twitter.com/ic1CluawuA
— History of India (@RealHistoryPic) April 30, 2019
It’s shameful that people are asking the army for proof. #Yeti #MythicalYeti #BelieveTheMyth https://t.co/luL1PJ8zva
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) April 30, 2019
Many poked fun, at the footprints being ‘one legged’.
Little known fact for all you doubters who say it was one-legged: yetis prefer to catwalk. #Yeti pic.twitter.com/TJ8kWGfR00
— Dhruva Jaishankar (@d_jaishankar) April 29, 2019
In Kashmir, people shared photos of potholes on roads, claiming to have found Yeti footprints.
Humour comes alive again in otherwise wounded Kashmir valley thanks to Indian army’s claim of discovering Yeti footprints. Netizens are posting photos of potholed roads of Kashmir wondering why army didn’t feature them as more proof of having discovered Yeti foot-prints!!! pic.twitter.com/x8qBUvpxsn
— Athar Parvaiz (@AtharParvaiz) May 1, 2019
#Yeti footprints in #srinagar too.#Kashmir pic.twitter.com/LBinnYgCQZ
— Mahveen Wahid Allaqband (@StalwartMahi) May 1, 2019
The development slogan of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi was soon attacked.
Modi take 5years and spend thousands cr. on forgien trips to discover yeti
Vikas tou nahi ayaa, Yeti agaya. #Waanimohnoow@ashoswai @shahazhar54321 @kashmiri_kurii @zainabsikander
— greenbirds💚 (@ask_kashmir) May 1, 2019
It seems all militants have been flushed out of #Kashmir . That’s why Army personnels are hunting #YetiFootprints . https://t.co/blbrno28Tu
— Mohit Underwood (@DemocracyDon) May 1, 2019
The yeti, also known as the Abominable Snowman, is a legendary creature that is said to inhabit the upper reaches of the Himalayas. Stories of people seeing the yeti or its footprints are common in parts of India, Nepal and Bhutan.
In 2013, research by a British scientist concluded that the legendary Himalayan yeti may in fact be a sub-species of brown bear.