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Nepal Dismisses Indian Army's Claims of Discovering YETI Footprints

© REUTERS / Indian ArmyFootprints are seen in the snow near Makalu Base Camp in Nepal, in this picture taken on April 9, 2019 obtained from social media on April 30, 2019.
Footprints are seen in the snow near Makalu Base Camp in Nepal, in this picture taken on April 9, 2019 obtained from social media on April 30, 2019. - Sputnik International
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Earlier this week, the Indian army said in a Twitter message that it had spotted giant footprints that allegedly belonged to the mysterious creature, also known as the 'Abominable Snowman'.

Nepalese officials have dismissed the claims of the Indian Army that the latter discovered Yeti footprints on April 29. According to the Nepal Army liaison officer and local porters who accompanied the mountaineering expedition of the Indian Army, such footprints frequently appear in the region and belong to a wild bear.

"A team of Indian Army had noticed the footprints and our liaison team was together with them… We tried to ascertain the fact, but locals and porters claimed that it is the footprints of wild bear that frequently appear in that area," Nepal Army spokesperson Brigadier General Bigyan Dev Pandey told Hindustan Times.

The Indian Army published on Monday a Tweet with three pictures depicting the footprints of the alleged Yeti.

The Yeti, also called the Abominable Snowman, is an ape-like animal that is said to inhabit remote mountainous territories in various parts of the world. While most scientists believe that the Yeti is no more than a myth and part of popular culture, others say that it could be an ancient hominid that has not yet been discovered.

Curiously, the 160,000-year-old jawbone of an actual ancient hominid, a Denisovan, was discovered recently for the first time outside Siberia, on a Tibetan plateau.  

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