The Indian Army has been ridiculed after tweeting a claim it had found the legendary Yeti.
It made the implausible announcement after one of its mountaineering teams found footprints measuring 32×15 inches in the snow while on a training exercise in Nepal.
The Yeti – or Abominable Snowman – is a mythological ape-like creature believed by some to inhabit the Himalayas.
Folk stories about the Yeti originate from Himalayan communities whose ancestors worshipped a large primate that was believed to live in the mountains.
Interest in the creature peaked in the 20th century after explorers documented seeing a tall ape and accompanied footprints in the upper Himalayas.
In 2013, Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes conducted tests on hair samples left behind in footprints.
He concluded the most likely explanation was that the Yeti was a rare hybrid of the polar bear and brown bear which would explain its unusual height and paw size.
However, it appears the Indian Army is not convinced by that explanation.
“For the first time, an Indian Army Mountaineering Expedition Team has sited mysterious footprints of [sic] mythical beast ‘Yeti’ measuring 32×15 inches close to Makalu Base Camp on 09 April 2019,” it tweeted.