The Yeti. The Abominable Snowman. The Metoh-Kangmi. The migoi. Whatever you call it, the yeti is a mysterious and elusive creature that has been the subject of many myths, legends, and folktales for thousands of years. Even in the ancient times of Alexander the Great, people have been claiming that the yeti does indeed exist. And yet, it is hard to believe these people, considering that no one has been able to track down the yeti and bring it to the light of day. So the closest that we will get today is with our list of 10 Mysterious Yeti Facts You’ll Want to Read Right Away. Learn about some of the places that are said to be home to the yeti, as well as a national park that is dedicated to preserving the culture and history of the yeti. This is serious stuff for some people!
In fact, countless expeditions, vast amounts of money, and hours of research have been poured into analyzing and assessing the details and logistics of the yeti. Is it actually a yeti, or a half-man, half-animal hybrid? Maybe it is a blend of two ancient bear species, or perhaps it is just a really big monkey. According to some people, the yeti does not exist at all. Yet the mystery remains and will probably continue to, as long as people keep purchasing yeti hunting licenses (which are a thing) and going on crazy expeditions in Siberia and the Himalayan Mountains (which they do.) Stay safe and cozy and read our facts instead!
10 A Place in Russia Claims They Have a Yeti
Travelers beware! There is a location in Siberia that claims they have proof that there is a huge yeti living among them. Most people have heard of the yeti (or the Abominable Snowman) as a mythical creature that inhabits the lands of Tibet, India, and Nepal, up in the Himalayan Mountains. In fact, the yeti has become a popular creature to talk about and lure in tourists with, as there is lots of folklore and “mysterious sightings” of it. The first reported sighting wasn’t in Siberia, but came from a photographer from Germany. If you ask the Himalayan residents of Nepal, they’ll tell you all about the yeti.
9 The Yeti By Another Name
Sure, most of us have heard about the Abominable Snowman, but other names for the yeti have been attributed to actual living creatures. For instance, in Tibet, some people claim the yeti is in fact the blue bear of the Himalayan Mountains. Other people claim that the yeti does not exist and it is instead the Langur monkey (called the Chu-Teh) that lives at lower elevations of the Himalayan Mountains. And other people simply say that the yeti is a made up attraction and it’s just a guy dressed up in a furry suit. Yeah, that’s probably the most accurate description.
8 The Chinese are Serious About the Yeti
In Sichuan province, China, some explorers were traversing the woods when they discovered a huge beast that they trapped. The group went out to the sparsely-populated region of the country after local residents were complaining about a mysterious creature in their midst. The animal ended up being called an “oriental yeti,” although a proper name should be mentioned. It was at first mistaken for a bear, but upon closer inspection it was a hairless animal. China’s Academy of Sciences has spent thousands of dollars on yeti expeditions, three of which took place over 30 years ago. Now a new expedition is set to find the “Wild Man.”
7 The Yeti is Ancient
People have been searching and hunting down the yeti for a loooong time. In fact, even in Alexander the Great’s time, people were going on expeditions to track down the wild beast. In 326 B.C. Alexander the Great was conquering the Indus Valley region and heard stories about the Abominable Snowman. He told the locals that he wanted to see it with his own two eyes, but the inhabitants claimed that there was no way the creature would survive at the altitude of the Indus River Valley. Our question is, so why couldn’t they just bring Alex a dead one?
6 You Could Purchase a Yeti-Hunting License
If you have £400, you can obtain a yeti-hunting license from the government of Nepal, which will grant you access to the forests, woodlands, and sparsely-populated areas of the country. There you can try to track down the yeti (which may or may not exist, by the way!) The license was first introduced in the 1950s, when the mystical stories surrounding the yeti were red hot and intrigued many around the world. To date, there has not been a single person who has brought back a yeti, but people continue to try! This is definitely a huge cash cow for Nepal.
5 There’s a Yeti Park in Bhutan
Go to the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan to see the only national park that is dedicated to yeti preservation. On the list to be considered for a UNESCO site, Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary is 290 square miles of conifer forests in the Eastern Himalayan Mountains. Besides protecting the elusive yeti, the park is also dedicated to preserving known endangered species, such as the Eastern Blue Pine and the Black-Rumped Magpie. At least there is some merit to the park! That being said, the yeti is called the migoi in Bhutan, and it is rumored to haunt the northern region of the country.
4 Origin of the Name “Abominable Snowman”
If you’re like us, you have often wondered why the heck a yeti is nicknamed “The Abominable Snowman.” The name came from a journalist named Henry Newman, who was trying to translate a Tibetan transcript back in 1921. The text read Metoh-Kangmi, or “dirty men in the snow.” Obviously, Henry Newman did not know a lick of the language, and the text was mistranslated to read “The Abominable Snowman.” Oops! Nearly a century later, the name is still hanging around, although other terms like “Jungle Man,” “Wild Man,” and “Sasquatch” are used. “The Abominable Snowman” might throw some people off!
3 Explaining the Yeti Evidence with Science
As the years have passed and people have not been able to bring a yeti home (dead or alive,) many scientists and researchers are putting on their thinking caps to try and explain the phenomenon. Some experts say that the supposed yeti footprints are the result of “overstepping,” in which evaporating and melting snow meld the front and back footprints of an animal together. This creates those huge footprints that are said to belong to the yeti. Some researchers say that the effect pertains not only to animals, but even to nomadic tribes in snowshoes as well. Should we trust the science?
2 Is the Yeti Genetically Altered?
A scientists from the United Kingdom said that he held the key to the mystery of the yeti. He was a professor of genetics at a university and he said that the yeti was a real creature, but it was actually a genetic mix between an ancient species of polar bear and the Himalayan brown bear. How the heck does that even happen? Well, the Himalayan brown bear is an endangered species, making them a rare sight in the woods. Also, it is the biggest mammal in the mountainous region, and may measure up to 7 feet tall. But does it explain anything?
1 The Yeti is in Video Games
Fun easter eggs abound in popular video games, and one of them is the appearance of the yeti. You can try to spot him in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Players have seen this easter egg yeti chilling out in the mountains of Mount Chiliad during the day. It’s a little-known easter egg in the game community, and players who have seen it say that you need to look really closely, because the features of the yeti get lost in the rock faces of the mountain. Is it true, or is this just the result of playing Grand Theft Auto under the influence?