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India’s army claims it found yeti footprints in Nepal. The world is skeptical

Breaking news: Yeti are real, and they’re on the move — at least according to the Indian army, which said Monday that its mountaineering expedition team stumbled upon a set of “mysterious footprints” in Nepal earlier this month.

No, we are not confirming that this elusive snowman actually exists. But while the prints might be a fraud, the report seems to be real.

The army tweeted from its official account on Monday that an expedition team had come across “Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast ‘yeti’ measuring 32×15 inches close to Makalu Base Camp on 09 April 2019.” The post included several photos.

True believers on Twitter congratulated the army. But, by and large, the Internet wasn’t having it, and many of the army’s 6 million followers were less than impressed.

Many questions were hurled. Scorn was heaped. And there was the (understandable) skepticism about the mythical yeti (also known as the “abominable snowman”), which lore describes as a giant apelike creature living in the Himalayas.

Some Twitter users were particularly harsh in their disparagement.

“Couldn’t you guys call a single animal expert before posting this?” one person wrote.

Others were simply confused, asking: “Is this some prank?”

The detail that most undercut the army’s claim was that the footprint photos seemed to suggest that the alleged yeti is one-legged, which skeptics were quick to point out.

One asked whether the beast “travels by jumping.”

There were many comical comparisons to “The Adventures of Tintin.”

“I always knew Tintin was right. He was the first to spot the mysterious beast yeti,” one user tweeted.

Some were more measured in their response, debunking the claim and occasionally offering alternative, more realistic explanations — perhaps the footprints were from a snowshoer, for example.

The army’s response to the social media frenzy? It confirmed that “the videos and photographic evidence” had been “handed over to subject matter experts.” Still, it said it wanted to publicly share the news to “excite scientific temper and rekindle the interest,” BBC reported.