24 October, 1997 --
Scientists searching for the legendary yeti have agreed that the mythical
creature does, after all, exist. They
reached their decision at the end of a two-day conference in Moscow devoted
to the abominable snowman.
meeting was timed to mark the anniversary of some celebrated, but controversial
film footage, supposedly showing a female Yeti, shot in California 30
The participants were in agreement that the film was genuine
and that the yeti exists. The BBC's Russian affairs specialist Stephen
Mulvey says a steady flow of reported sightings of the yeti has helped
to keep alive the theory that the animal is more than just a figment of
In China in 1993,
and in the United States in 1995, there were widely publicised claims
of close encounters with the creature. Earlier
this year a well-known Italo-Austrian adventurer, Reinhold Messner claimed
to have stood face to face with a yeti in the Himalayas.
He is writing
a book on the subject and has promised to publish photographs. But
to date the most famous pictures of a yeti remain the footage shot in
1967 in Bluff Creek, Northern California.
On the eve of the Moscow conference
an American film-maker claimed that the creature seen at Bluff Creek was
no more than an actor in a specially-made suit. However conference participants
from America, Canada and Russia all dismissed the hoax theory, arguing
that both the anatomy and the gait of the creature were non-human.
yeti is a mythical creature who is supposed to live in the Himalayas,
the highest mountain range in the world.
Although there have been many
reported sightings of the yeti, none of them have been documented with
evidence in any way. According
to the conference organiser, publisher Igor Burtsev, Western and Russian
specialists studied the film independently over many years, but arrived
at many of the same conclusions.
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