It isn’t very often that official Twitter handles give cause for mirth, steeped as they are in officialese and the humdrum of publicity. But when the Indian Army put out a tweet late last night claiming a team of its mountaineers had spotted ‘footprints’ of the mythical Yeti while on an expedition to a Himalayan peak and even put out photographs of these ‘footprints’, it set Twitter ablaze. Here’s what the Tweet said: “For the first time, an #IndianArmy Moutaineering Expedition Team has sited (sic) Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast ‘Yeti’ measuring 32×15 inches close to Makalu Base Camp on 09 April 2019. This elusive snowman has only been sighted at Makalu-Barun National Park in the past.”
There was disbelief, amusement and even ridicule for the army for making this claim, particularly as the Yeti, often referred to as the abominable snowman, is largely seen as a mythical creature. Many wondered why the army should be putting out such claims without verification, even as the army maintained it was getting the ‘footprints’ checked out by experts. Some other experts though trashed the existence of the Yeti.
Twitterati, of course, was on a roll as some asked if the Yeti was one-legged (only one footprint could be spotted in the photographs. Others were quick to refer to cartoon character Tintin who encountered the Yeti in ‘Tintin in Tibet’.