Why don’t people see the Yeti any more? Probably because they don’t exist. Excerpt:
The last person in Chendebji to have seen possible evidence of the yeti is a younger famer called Norbu.
The first time was 20 years ago, he says, when he was 18. He was in the mountains with his cattle when he saw a large footprint and the body marks of a yeti in the snow. The mere sight of them made his hair stand on end.
Then, five years later, Norbu says he discovered something very unusual – a lair made out of intricately woven sticks of bamboo.
“The yeti had broken the bamboo trees, folded them into a semi-circular shape, with the two edges of the bamboo in the ground. He had then slept inside the den. I could see the marks left by the yeti inside the nest,” he says.
News of the lair travelled beyond the village and two months later, two men arrived as Norbu was making wood shingles for his house. They asked to see the lair, so he agreed to stop work and show them. Because it was so far away, the three of them had to spend the night in the yeti’s nest. The trip passed off peacefully.
That was the last time anyone in Chendebji saw traces of the yeti.
They should come to the U.S., where the yeti’s cousin is regularly featured on television:
It’s possible to forgive these villagers, who presumably lack an education in biology and population dynamics, for believing in an ancient legend. But Americans, who have access to all the information in the world – come on, folks.
Here’s the reason I’m well past skeptical as far as the existence of these creatures: You can’t have just one or two large animals like this wandering around. You have to have a population, and that means not dozens but thousands of animals – even when you’re talking about large, reclusive critters.
And in the case of the American Pacific Northwest, you’re also talking about an area with a pretty decent population of humans – many of whom hike, and camp, and generally spend a lot of time in the woods.
Finally, in this day and age, everyone has a camera and video recorder easily and instantly to hand, in the form of their cell phone. And still – Jack Links commercials aside – nobody has produced a convincing photo.
What will it take to get me to believe in these animals? A live capture or a carcass – nothing less. In all the years that the Bigfoot/Sasquatch/whatever legend has been bandied about, it’s inconceivable that one has never been shot, or hit by a car, or died somewhere of natural causes and been found by a hiker.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. In this case, there is just no such proof.