After near global criticism over its claim that it had sighted footprints of a 'Yeti' in Himalayas, the Indian Army's claim received another blow after Nepal Army said that the 'footprints' are actually pugmarks of a bear.
A report published by Hindustan Times on its website said that Nepal Army liaison officer and locals who accompanied Indian Army expedition said that such marks often appear in the snow and atributted them to wild bears.
The Indian Army, on April 29, tweeted that its mountain expedition team had found "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," reads the tweet further.
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
Makalu-Braun Conservation Area is near Nepal-Tibet border.
The tweet was met with astonishment and even amused many online. Many Twitter users asked questions like why were the 'footprints' appeared to be in a single row if the mythical 'Yeti' is considered to be bipedal.
Hindustan Times has quoted Brigadier General Bigyan Dev Pandey of the Nepal Army who said that he tried to ascertain the claim made by the Indian Army but received reports about the pugmarks being those of a bear.