Indian Army tweet claims ‘Yeti’ footprints sighted

Indian Army tweet claims ‘Yeti’ footprints sighted
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Indian Army official Twitter account claims image shows Yeti footprints.

For centuries, humans have been searching for the Yeti — and now, in an unceremonious tweet, the Indian Army is claiming to have found evidence of the mythical Himalayan monster.

On Tuesday, the official, verified Twitter account of the Indian Army’s Additional Directorate General of Public Information tweeted a picture of what it claimed were Yeti tracks in the snow.

“For the first time, an Indian Army mountaineering expedition team has sited (sic) mysterious footprints of mythical beast Yeti,” read the post, which was accompanied by three pictures of footprints, and a group photo that appeared to be of the expedition group.

The prints allegedly measured 32 inches by 15 inches (81 centimeters by 38 centimeters) and were spotted on April 9 close to Makalu Base Camp, an isolated mountainous area between Nepal and Tibet, the tweet elaborated. “This elusive snowman has only been sighted at Makalu-Barun National Park in the past,” the post claimed.

Unsurprisingly, the tweet prompted a flurry of incredulous responses on social media, with many rebuking the Indian military for propagating theories previously debunked by science. Others poked fun at the tweet, with the hashtag #Yeti becoming one of the top Twitter trending topics in India on Tuesday.

The Indian Army provided no further evidence of its find and had not replied to CNN’s request for comment by time of publication.

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