Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Chinese Scientists Organizing Search For Yeti

Not sure how I missed this story a few weeks back, but I stumbled across it last night while researching another story. According to the Telegraph, a team of Chinese scientists are preparing to launch a new search for a mythical ape-like creature known locally as the Yeren, which seems to be a distant cousin to the Yeti of the Himalaya or North America's Sasquatch.

The researchers are seeking volunteers and funding to launch this latest expedition to go in search of the elusive creature which has had more than 400 sightings in the Hubei Province over the years, although there has never been any hard evidence to suggest that the beast actually exists. Previous expeditions to find the creature took place back in the 70's and 80's, but other than a few strange, and sometimes lurid, tales, there was little to report. Those search teams did find hair and footprints, but the studies of those samples were inconclusive. The new search will use five teams to cover a wider area and will employ the latest technology in the hopes of capturing hard evidence that the Yeren actually does roam the remote and lightly inhabited region.

While I have my doubts about the actual existence of the Yeti, Bigfoot, or the Yeren, these stories still spark a bit of interest. After all, we're still finding new species all the time, and the world has some amazing things still hidden away from us. Chasing myths is usually in vain, but then again, sometimes just taking that leap is its own reward.

4 comments:

Jeanette K. said...

400 sightings? That's pretty many! I'll be interested to know what they find.

Adventure Junkie said...

I'm sure they're spread out over quite a few years. Much like here in the states where there have literally been thousands of sighting for Bigfoot dating back to the 19th century.

Daniel said...

If such a creatures do exist what would we do if we found them? Put them in a zoo, conduct experiments on them, keep them in factory farms so that we can eat them? Certainly someone will find a way to make money out of them.

I hope that the team just go out and enjoy their adventure without looking too hard...just in case they do find them. Some things are better left as a mystery anyhow!

Hira Fahad said...

Yes, I am really curious to know what they have found in result of that search because It is 2.5 years past to the publication of this post, I hope they have come to a conclusion, if they have found any such creature and you have knowledge of it we will be waiting for your new post.
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