The mystery over the possibility of a creature we know as the Yeti, has perhaps taken a step closer to being solved, if news reports today are to be believed.
There have been reports over the years of sightings of the reputably mythical creature, that goes by the name Yeti, Abominable Snowman or Bigfoot depending where in the world you are; but with no evidence other than the occasional large footprints found in snowy mountainous regions.
The reports say that research by an University of Oxford scientist has found a genetic match between an ancient polar bear and samples said to come from the Yeti and also suggests the beast is still roaming the mountains.
Professor Sykes conducted the DNA tests on hairs from two unidentified animals, one found in the western Himalayas, in northern India, and the other from Bhutan, 800 miles east.
He believes that the animals are hybrids – crosses between polar bears and brown bears. Because the newly identified samples are from creatures which are recently alive, he thinks the hybrids are still living in the Himalayas. He doesn’t think it means there are ancient polar bears wandering around the Himalayas. It could mean that there is a sub species of brown bear in the High Himalayas descended from the bear that was the ancestor of the polar bear. Or it could mean that there has been more recent hybridisation between the brown bear and a descendant of the ancient polar bear.
So whether you believe that there is a ‘real’ yeti out there, or it’s just a thing of mythical stories, you have to admit hat the Lego version is alive and kicking……..he might even be lurking in your freezer.