Sightings of this creature have been a regular occurrence during the nineteenth and twentieth century. Extensive research has been undertaken to establish whether the yeti actually exists on the snow fields of the Himalayas of Nepal and Tibet. This omnivorous creature, so often featured in horror movies, has been seen in different forms, and is sometimes referred to as the ‘abominable snowman’, or ‘meh-teh’. One description of the creature is that of an animal that walks upright, having thick ragged fur that is red-brown in colour, and stands to approximately 1.8m tall. Some have reported that the meh-teh is similar in appearance to an ape with an dome shaped head, large feet and a broad mouth. Research by zoologists compares the yeti to the orang-utan.
A yeti was alleged to have attacked Lhakpa Domani in 1974 near Mount Everest. She described it as similar to a large ape, with further detail of high cheek bones. It was said to have picked her up and thrown her some distance, then attacked the yaks that she had been tending.
There are two further descriptions reported of this mystical creature. One describes an animal of approximately 1.0-1.3m in height, but goes by the name of the ‘pygmy yeti’ or ‘teh-Ima’. The second is known as the ‘giant yeti’ or ‘dzu-teh’ standing to a height of approximately 2.7m tall but is said to avoid contact with anyone, staying well-clear of civilisation. It was first spotted in 1832 in Nepal by BH Hodgson. The giant yeti has been said to roam north Vietnam and Sikkim also yet the visual appearance of this creature is slightly different, having dark fur and a flat head.
Sir Edmund Hillary, the explorer has alleged to have come into contact with the yeti on several occasions, the most publicised being in 1960. A scalp believed to be that of the creature was revered by locals in a remote monastery but on examination was revealed to belong to either a mountain goat/antelope.
The latest reported sighting was in 1972 when footprints were found by Eric Shipton, Edward Cronin and Dr Howard Emery on an expedition in Nepal. The footprints were found amidst the base camp in a valley between Everest and Kanchenjunga, and followed a path from the camp to a steep incline. The expedition agreed that the incline was extremely treacherous and would be virtually impossible for a human to climb. A mould was taken of the footprint for future research by Jeffrey McNeely.
In 1959 an expedition was launched by Tom Slick to discover new evidence. Yeti droppings were recovered and brought for further investigation. A new species of nematode worm was discovered, which according to scientists, will only be found to be linked to one type of animal. As this species of worm is known not to be linked to any other animal this evidence has been accepted as proof towards the yeti existing (as one it seems may not be able to exist without the other).