“We came across those curious footprints in the snow”
Yeti researcher Michael Trachtengerts examined the stunning images taken by Eric Shipton and believes it is evidence an “unknown creature” made the footprints.
The Brit explorer may have found proof of the beast’s existence when he made the incredible discovery near Mount Everest, in 1951.
He took the snap on the Mending Glacier, near Mount Everest, where the mythical creature is said to live.
Superstitious locals have described the Yeti as a giant ape-like creature that dwells in the snow-topped mountains of the Himalayas.
When Eric stopped to take a picture of the huge imprint he placed his ice axe next to it – showing how massive it actually was.
Later, the explorer wrote his team followed the tracks, but had to double back as they had to continue on with their journey.
He said: “It was on one of the glaciers of the Mending basin, at a height of about 19,000 feet, that, late one afternoon, we came across those curious footprints in the snow, the report of which has caused a certain amount of interest in Britain.
“We did not follow them further than was convenient, a mile or so, for we were carrying heavy loads at the time, and besides we had reached a particularly interesting stage in the exploration of the basin.
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“I have in the past found many sets of these curious ones seemed to be very fresh, probably not more than 24 hours old.
“A few days later the tracks had almost been obliterated by melting. Sen Tensing had no doubt whatsoever that the creatures that had made the tracks were “Yetis” or wild men.”
Michael believes the photo shows whatever made the prints walked on two legs “like a human”.
He added: “The footprint was clear enough and the dimensions were measured. The print belongs to a large animal and the footprints were 13 inches long and eight inches wide.
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“The line of the footprints showed it walked on two legs like a human. No known animal could leave such prints.
“It is necessary to note that anthropologist John Napier considered the possibility that this footprint is overlapping of two. But he thought, that these are fore and hind paws of a snow leopard.
“He never counted Shipton’s photo as a fake, though there were such statements elsewhere in the press. In my opinion the analysis removes doubts that this snow print was done by unknown hominids.”