Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 25th, 2009
Yeti likes cocoa. The above holiday card was created by Aaron Renier.
A Yeti toy to buy.
Meanwhile, “From the Archives,” The Guardian this week published a look back at Sir Edmund Hillary’s bringing the “Yeti scalp” to the West: click here.
The Hillary hair samples from 1960 were mostly from only one of the Buddhist monasteries his expedition visited, the Khumjung Lamasery. The famed supposed Yeti scalp from this same Buddhist monastery was brought back to Paris and Chicago by Edmund Hillary and Marlin Perkins.
Bernard Heuvelmans and other mammalian experts examined it along the way. Hillary and the publicity from his World Book expedition claimed the Buddhist monks said the Khumjung skullcap was “from a Yeti.” But as members of the 1954 Daily Mail expedition (e.g. Charles Stonor and Ralph Izzard) had been writing for years, and also noted by Bernard Heuvelmans and Ivan T. Sanderson, these scalps were made “in imitation of Yeti.” Therefore, it was not a surprise when it was discovered that the animal from which the skullcaps were made was the serow.