Existence of Yetis
The existence of yetis, also known as sasquatches, is really unknown. Stories of yeti confrontations vary beyond reason. Most of these stories are found in Native American legends (Stonehill 1). Theories are so outrageous that doubt flourishes.
A yeti is a large bear or gorilla like mammal that is mainly found in the Himalayas. It is a biped which means that it walks on its two hind feet, upright. From a distance, it can resemble a human being. A yeti has bear-like footprints and lives approximately twenty-thousand feet in altitude. They are often referred to as sasquatches because they have been known as sleeping bag snatchers (“Yeti” 2).
In Nepal, yetis are valued as part of their community, keep in mind that Nepal is near the Himalayas. Yetis are told to be symbols or warnings of upcoming events. Supposedly, when a major conflict was about to occur, someone would see a peaceful yeti in its environment. The inhabitants of Nepal do not like people killing yetis. There is an abominable snowman form that you must fill out if you have seen a yeti while you were in Nepal. It is a highly punishable crime if you don’t (Abominable Snowmen X, XI).
One questionable story involving the pursuit of abominable snowmen is when the two sons of former president Theodore
Abominable snowmen have allegedly been around for hundreds of years. They are well known in Tibetan areas. The word “snowman” in those areas means “man-bear.” This may be a contribution of the antagonist called the “man-bear-pig” from an episode of South Park. This is one of many contributions to the media that abominable snowmen have made (Stratus 1).
Throughout history, sasquatches have been encountered. Accounts of these encounters are never proven true. One of the most famous is told by Albert Ostman. He was camping by Vancouver when he woke up and noticed that his camp had been distressed. Later that night, he was dragged approximately twenty-five miles in his sleeping bag. The large sasquatch dragged him to a cave in the side of a mountain. Once they were there, Ostman was thrown onto the ground. He then saw a four sasquatches: the mother, father, and two offspring. The male was about eight feet tall. The sasquatches chattered among each other intelligently. Ostman believed that he was the proposed mate for the young female. He was held captive for six days (Stonehill 4).

Another encounter was recorded when Albert Ostman found a yeti ripping up his camp, looking for food. Ostman offered it some of his tobacco snuff. The Yeti took it and dumped the whole container into its mouth. It then was writhing on the ground in pain due to tobacco rush (Stonehill 3).
There is one especially strange conspiracy about yetis that has been made into several movies. The belief is that yetis are really robots. They were created by the Great Intelligence. These robots were made in a different dimension, and they are controlled telepathically. Their power comes from silver, levitating spheres. The main purpose of their creation was to make them sufficient guards for people or buildings. They were initially designed as weapons and were found in London (“Yeti” 2).
Yetis aren’t violent toward humans unless they are threatened. One time, two trappers were camped out in Wyoming, Montana when they noticed their camp had been ransacked. They
saw a large figure getting away so one of them decided to fire his rifle at it. That night, the camper was missing. The other camper went looking for him the next day and found him dead, in a cave, with teeth marks on his neck. The body was not gored or eaten. He was in one piece (“Are they Dangerous?” 1).
People living near yeti inhibited areas claim they hear screams, cries from a large beast, crashes, brush snapping, and throwing of large rocks. Yetis have also been known to be threatening toward cattle and kill dogs that threaten them. Normally, yetis are only dangerous when they are threatened or ravished (“Are they Dangerous?” 2).
Yetis are often seen in culture, today. They are mainly characters on television. One of the most famous is Bumbles, the villain, in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Another popular yeti is the one that lives in the Himalayas in Monsters Inc. Yetis have appeared in other movies such as Monkeybone and Tintin in Tibet. They also appeared in video games like Urban Yeti and Final Fantasy VI (“Yetis in Culture”1).
The main reason there is question about the existence of yetis is because of Roger Patterson. He went to take some atmospheric photographs with a 16 mm camera. Instead of filming the atmosphere, he ended up getting footage of a biped creature. He got 952 frames of footage. People believe that Patterson forged the film to make a large profit although it would have been very difficult to find such a good costume and makeup in 1969 (Stonehill 6).
Patterson was supposedly assisted by John Chambers who made the costumes for Planet of the Apes. He had won an academy award for his good work. This means that he is an expert at replicating the look of a yeti (Stonehill 4).
Roger Patterson was investigated by Mark Chorvinsky. Chorvinsky interviewed all of Patterson’s co-workers and got no where. He was a little suspicious that this so called “Yeti Film” and Planet of the Apes were both filmed in 1967. Chambers had also created monster suits for Lost in Space. These costumes were the same as the yeti with a different head (Stonehill).
John Chambers was known the have participated in the Burbank hoax. This hoax started when a seven foot, four inch, Bigfoot carcass was found in Chambers’ garage. It was found over a plaster cast of Richard Kiel, Jaws from James Bond movies. Chambers claimed it was part of a traveling sideshow (Stonehill).
Crypto zoologist Loren Coleman of the North American Science Institute believes that the Bigfoot footage is authentic. Through the use of computer enhancement, the way the yeti’s weight shifts and its unique musculature is of a living animal (Stonehill).
Many questionable clues of the yeti’s existence have been recovered. The main artifact is the scalp of yeti is kept in a shrine in the Himalayas. The scalp was tested and the results were unknown. Once it was tested against the shoulder of a serow, a wild boar like animal, that results matched (“Abominable Snowman?”). Some strange farmer probably decided to confuse the locals and do this.
The existence of yetis is not real; they were only thought up in order to have a subject to profit from. People become delusional in the Himalayas at such high altitudes. The air is very thin up there which doesn’t allow much oxygen to flow to the brain. They probably saw some strange animal like a wild serow. There are too many stories that do not intertwine. The alleged encounters with abominable snowmen vary too much. This whole mystery was made up so people can profit from curiosity of the general public.

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