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The Pamirs and the Caucasus region
Alexander Georgievitch Pronin, a hydrologist at the Geographical Research
Institute of Leningrad University, participated in an expedition to the
Pamirs, for the purpose of mapping glaciers. On August 2, 1957, while his
team was investigating the Fedchenko glacier, Pronin hiked into the valley
of the Balyandkiik River. Shackley (1983, p. 120) states: "at noon he
noticed a figure standing on a rocky cliff about 500 yards above him and the
same distance away. His first reaction was surprise, since this area was
known to be uninhabited, and his second was that the creature was not human.
It resembled a man but was very stooped. He watched the stocky figure move
across the snow, keeping its feet wide apart, and he noted that its forearms
were longer than a human's and it was covered with reddish gray hair."
Pronin saw the creature again three days later, walking upright. Since this
incident, there have been numerous wildman sightings in the Pamirs, and
members of various expeditions have photographed them.
For three years, she was kept imprisoned, but then became domesticated and was allowed to live in a house. She was called Zana. Shackley (1983, p. 112) states: "Her skin was a grayish-black color, covered with reddish hair, longer on her head than elsewhere. She was capable of inarticulate cries but never developed a language. She had a large face with big cheek bones, muzzle-like prognathous jaw and large eyebrows, big white teeth and a fierce expression."
Eventually Zana, through sexual relations with a villager, had children.
Some of Zana's grandchildren were seen by Boris Porshnev in 1964. In her
account of Porshnev's investigations, Shackley (1983, p. 113) noted: "The
grandchildren, Chalikoua and Taia, had darkish skin of rather Negroid
appearance, with very prominent chin."
V. S. Karapetyan, a lieutenant colonel of the medical service of the Soviet
army, performed a direct physical examination of a living wildman captured
in the Daghestan autonomous republic, just north of the Caucasus mountains.
Karapetyan said: "I entered a shed with two members of the local
authorities. When I asked why I had to examine the man in a cold shed and
not in a warm room, I was told that the prisoner could not be kept in a warm
room. He had sweated in the house so profusely that they had had to keep him
in the shed. I can still see the creature as it stood before me, a male,
naked and barefooted. And it was doubtlessly a man, because its entire shape
was human. The chest, back, and shoulders, however, were covered with shaggy
hair of a dark brown color. This fur of his was much like that of a bear,
and 2 to 3 centimeters [1 inch] long. The fur was thinner and softer below
the chest. His wrists were crude and sparsely covered with hair. The palms
of his hands and soles of his feet were bare of hair."