Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 21st, 2009
All News Web is now claiming that the recent hominological tales are all a big mistake. The Siberian Yeti stories are nothing more than some confusion about two phenomena: bears and social dropouts, are being told.
According to a number of local residents who claim to have either knowledge of the supposed creatures or outright firsthand experience there are no Yeti’s in the vicinity rather the phenomena is a fusion of two separate issues.
Galina, a librarian from the city of Kemerovo, claims she has seen bears in the area where the Yeti was spotted. She believes they are a population of escaped zoo performers and their descendants. Also it is believed that a few ‘wild men’ live in the area. Yuri, a police man, claims to have seen one.
According to some local residents, these ‘wild men’ might simply be dropouts from society, who having run out of money or possibly as result of mental health issues, pursue an isolated existence in the wild and against all odds.
Read more here.
Maybe it stemmed from a mistranslation and sensationalism, after all? But then what about those footprints that were claimed to be Yeti’s?
Perhaps some of the mentally ill homeless people being confused with Yetis are “escaped zoo performers and their descendants” too? I want to be the first to interview those folks!
Thanks to the tip from Andreas Müller, and the new update summary below too.
…another follow-up, now by German RIA Novosti
Now they are reporting that the whole story is smelling like a tourist trap.
The field day of the local congressmen is said to have been done to estimate if the Yeti-story could be turned into a tourist attraction of the area arround the caves.
Previous to all the fuss about the Yeti sightings, Governor Aman Tulejew asked to support and push local tourism by offerig more rafting and hiking-trips through the area.
There was also a former Gulag (Soviet labor prison camp) that has been renovated and reconstructed for historical tourism purposes (even if I personally do not see a direct connection here to the Yeti-story).
While Tulejew visited the area he was also specially interest in the Asass cave. This was on January 30, and just after this visit the photo of the imprint was published and the local administration quoted reports of local hunters who claimed to have had seen the creatures several times.
Meanwhile local scientist remain skeptical: “There is no Yeti at all, this question has no scientific side”, Dr. Sergej Wassiljew of the Institut of ethnology and anthropology (ethnology) in Moscow told RIA Novosti.
A local travel agency agent is also quoted saying that it does not matter at all if the Snowman exists or not. The only thing that counts is that the story makes it headlines.