The Yeti has always been a poor cousin of the Bigfoot. It never gets the column inches its more famous North American cousin does but I guess that's the price you pay for living in such a remote and out of the way area as the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet. But could that be about to change? Britain's elder statesman naturalist Sir David Attenborough, whilst appearing on the Friday Night With Jonathan Ross show 27th Feb 2009, made a pronouncement on the Yeti.
“I'm baffled by the Abominable Snowman - very convincing footprints have been found at 19,000ft.”
“No-one does that for a joke. I think it's unanswered.”
Commenting on the evidence he said that he found it “very convincing”. At least that's what the press are reporting. When we actually look at what was said we find Attenborough's comments are much more wide ranging.
The responses were to a question from Ross “Where do you stand on undiscovered animals of the sort that we're excited about but perhaps aren't there. I believe the study of it is called cryptozoology. I don't know if that's an actual science or a kind of made up thing. The Yeti, the Abominable Snowman, Sasquatch the Bigfoot thing, the Loch Ness Monster. Do you think there's those sort of things out there that we haven't found?”
David Attenbourgh then replied “I don't think there's a Loch Ness Monster because if there was one there would have to be two or three, there'd have to be a family and Loch... if it was an icthyosaur or something or an air breathing creature or something that would be coming up all the time. I don't think that. But I am absolutely baffled by the Abominable Snowman which is also called the Yeti or Sasquatch. Because very convincing footprints have been found,. What made them? We're talking, particularly about the Abominable Snowman, to have footprints at 18, 19,000ft. Nobody goes up to 19 000 feet just to make a joke.”
Ross then quipped “Certainly not barefoot!”
“Yes, certainly not barefoot.”
“You'd have flip flops on at least.”
Attenborough then continued “Yeah that's right, so I think there's something, there's an unanswered problem there.”
“Wow. So there probably is and you think there might well be. Oh that's exciting. Lets do a show.”
“It's a deal”
Ross then wimped out with “You know what I don't want to travel there. Let's do a show like with Andrew Loyd Webber. You could still be the Abominable Snowman. How exciting that that would be. That would be great if they found something like that. That's really what would excite us a big species like that.”
“What about the fossil fish that were the first fish to copulate?”
“Yeah, not as interesting I'll be honest.”
“It's very very interesting.”
“I'll be honest with you. I wouldn't even want to be named after that. Or have it named after me.”
The chat then continued about the shows that Attenborough is justly famous for.
Non UK readers will not understand the love and reverence that Attenborough is held in, and statements of his tend to get a bit of press, perhaps the Yet is coming in from the cold after all?
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