Evidence of Russian "Bigfoot" Found

10/12/2011

This week Bigfoot enthusiasts around the world were excited by the claims of a group of Russian researchers who announced that they had evidence that proved the existence of the Yeti with 95 percent certainty. 

YetiYetis--nicknamed the "Abominable Snowman"--are the Asian version of the North American Bigfoot or Sasquatch and are said to inhabit cold, desolate places from the Himalayas of Tibet and Nepal to the frozen Siberian wilderness of Russia.

Local people in these areas have a long history of sightings and belief in such creatures.  Western interest Yetis grew when famed mountain climber Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay, the first two people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, claimed to have found bizarrely large human-like footprints on their 1953 ascent of the world's tallest peak.  Hillary later mounted an entire expedition to find evidence of these creatures, which remained elusive.  Decades later in 2005, Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin even went on an expedition to discover if Yetis really existed.

The Russian researchers claim to have found a cave with a evidence of a Yeti bed, which was likely a nest made of branches and vegetation typical of large primates.  They also reported footprints and possible Yeti hairs as well as twisted branches that are being interpreted as Yeti territorial markings.

Unfortunately, there are no pictures, video or other documentation of this evidence available publicly, and without that, the mystery of the Yeti's possible existence will remain unproven.

In the meantime, check out this video about the Yeti from Animal Planet's Lost Tapes series.

 

 

Don't miss the Finding Bigfoot Halloween Special about one of the most famous pieces of evidence on Sunday, October 30th at 9pm e/p.

Find out more about Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti!

Video:  Analysis of a Sighting  I  Interactive: Vote on Bigfoot Evidence  I  Playlist: Stalking Bigfoot at Night


David Mizejewski is a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. His goal is to inspire others to appreciate the wonders of nature. Meet David >
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