Takahashi back with yeti claim
Kathmandu, October 20
A team of Japanese adventurers
say they have discovered footprints
they believe were made by the legendary yeti
said to roam the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet.
?The footprints were about 20 cm long and looked like a human?s
,? said Yoshiteru Takahashi
, the leader of the Yeti Project Japan
Takahashi was speaking after he returned with his seven-member team
from their third attempt to track down the half-man-half-ape,
tales of which have gripped the imaginations of Western adventurers and mountaineers for decades.
Despite spending 42 days
on Dhaulagiri IV ? a 7,661-metre peak where they say they have seen traces of yetis in the past ? the team failed
in their prime objective of capturing one on film
But Takahashi said the footprints were proof enough.
?Myself and other team members have been coming to the Himalayas for years. We can recognise bear, deer, wolf and snow leopard prints. But it was none of those
,? said the leader
of the expedition.
?We remain convinced it is real. The footprints and the stories the local tell make us sure that it is not imaginary
,? Takahashi added.
Photographs of the prints have been posted on the expedition?s website, www.everest.co.jp/yeti2008/
The team had set out nine motion-sensitive cameras
in an area where Takahashi saw what he thought was a yeti during a previous expedition about five years ago.
?It was about 200 metres away in silhouette. It was walking on two legs like a human and looked about 150 centimetres tall
,? said Takahashi.
Despite their lack of success this time, the team plans to continue the quest.
?We will come back as soon as we can. We will keep coming back until we get the yeti on film
,? said the leader of the yeti expedition.