SALT LAKE CITY — The Indian Army reported Monday that have sighted what they claim are the footprints of the “mythical beast Yeti.”
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
In a tweet about the alleged sighting, the Indian Army said, “For the first time, an #IndianArmy Moutaineering Expedition Team has (sighted) 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.”
Some Twitter users in India are not happy with the army’s claim, calling it “deeply, deeply embarrassing.”
This is deeply, deeply embarrassing: whoever in the Indian Army’s PR has circulated this is disgracing the institution, and India, in the world’s eyes. https://t.co/f11OvolnUb— Praveen Swami (@praveenswami) April 30, 2019
Meanwhile, others like India’s former Bharatiya Janata Party minister Tarun Vijay is demanding people show respect for the Yeti.
Congratulations, we are always proud of you. salutes to the #IndianArmy Moutaineering Expedition Team. But please, you are Indian, dont call Yeti as beast. Show respect for them. If you say he is a 'snowman'.— Tarun Vijay (@Tarunvijay) April 29, 2019
“Congratulations, we are always proud of you,” Vijay said, addressing the army. “But please, you are Indian, don’t call Yeti as a beast. Show respect for them.”
“It’s shameful that people are asking the army for proof,” Twitter user @Actor_Siddharth tweeted.
So all the mirth notwithstanding, the Indian Army @adgpi is taking its Yeti footprint sighting very seriously. Here are a few more pics from the Makalu expedition ... These will be handed over to scientists along with video in a few days. pic.twitter.com/bDDZ7e7b1Y— Vishnu Som (@VishnuNDTV) April 30, 2019
The Yeti tweets have drawn ridicule and confusion from social media users around the world. Many are roasting the Indian Army.
BMC spots Yeti footprints in Bombay as well. pic.twitter.com/qhFiYxDykj— Kajol Srinivasan (@LOLrakshak) April 30, 2019
I’m looking forward to the Indian Navy’s official handle tweeting about having found the Loch Ness Monster, and a former BJP MP ticking them off for using the un-Indian word “monster.” pic.twitter.com/pXgciqMzmQ— Sadanand Dhume (@dhume) April 30, 2019
Can there possibly be a simpler explanation? pic.twitter.com/fqIuV0Q9Ri— Siddharth Singh (@siddharth3) April 29, 2019
Was this Shri/ Kumari/ Shrimati Yeti ji one legged? Or was it playing hopscotch? pic.twitter.com/6NrrxfN93r— Ravi Nair (@t_d_h_nair) April 30, 2019
The footprints are of only one foot in a single file because the yeti was riding a giant version of this bike. pic.twitter.com/xfg7IhxCDi— Siddharth Singh (@siddharth3) April 30, 2019
Others are tweeting that the Indian Army’s tweets shouldn’t be dismissed offhand.
To claim that #Yeti doesn't exist is more stupid than claiming that it does. The fact that the Indian Army found some footprints does not prove the existence of Yeti, but to rule it out simply to mock the army shows sheer lack of Intelligence.— Arjun Malhotra (@ArjunMa08799809) April 30, 2019
Here is a giant footprint carved in the ancient temple at Lepakshi. I have attached the picture of giant footprints shot by Indian Army. Is history repeating itself? Ancient sacred texts = Historical documents? #Yeti #Bigfoot pic.twitter.com/AYedm1MdPG— ᏢᏒᎪᏉᎬᎬᏁ mᎾhᎪᏁ (@PraveenMohanET) April 30, 2019
What do you think the tracks belong to?