By Tim Binnall
In an eyebrow-raising announcement, the Indian Army says that one of their mountaineering teams recently stumbled upon a set of footprints which they believe were created by the elusive Yeti. The odd revelation came via a tweet from the public information department of the army earlier today. In the surprising statement, they marvel that "for the first time, an Indian Army Mountaineering Expedition Team has sited mysterious footprints of [the] mythical beast 'Yeti.'"
The tweet goes on to note that the prints appeared to measure a whopping 32 by 15 inches and that they were found earlier this month at a Makalu mountain base camp in the Himalayas. According to the Indian Army's account, the discovery is particularly intriguing because "this elusive snowman has only been sighted at Makalu-Barun National Park in the past." While they, unfortunately, did not encounter the creature themselves, the group did snap a number of photos of the footprints, including one image that appears to indicate that whatever created the impressions possessed a rather sizeable stride.
As best we can gather, the announcement from the Indian Army seems to be sincere and not some kind of far-too-late April Fool's joke. Should it be the case that the find was genuine, it would be a rather promising development after a headline-making 2017 study dealt a blow to the creature's existence in the minds of many by way of a DNA study of alleged Yeti samples that turned out to be from a bear. Along with a dearth of sightings in recent years, the paper almost put the creature on the proverbial endangered species list of cryptids, but this new discovery may mean that the infamous Abominable Snowman could still be lurking somewhere in the Himalayas.
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