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Attenborough: 'the Yeti may be real'

Posted on Friday, 13 September, 2013 | Comment icon 14 comments

The Yeti is thought to inhabit the Himalayas. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Dirk Hartung

Naturalist Sir David Attenborough has stated that he believes the Yeti may be a real creature.

Speaking at a showcase for upcoming UKTV programmes, the 87-year-old expressed an interest in the legend of the abominable snowman and stated that he believed such a creature could potentially exist in the wilds of the Himalayas.

"I believe the Abominable Snowman may be real. I think there may be something in that," he said. "There are footprints that stretch for hundreds of miles and we know that in the 1930's a German fossil was found with these huge molars that were four or five times the size of human molars. They had to be the molars of a large ape, one that was huge, about 10 or 12 feet tall. It was immense."

Attenborough also went on to provide his views on how a creature like the Yeti may have survived for so long without being officially discovered and recognized by science.

"If you have walked the Himalayas there are these immense rhododrendron forests that go on for hundreds of square miles which could hold the Yeti," he said. "If there are some still alive and you walked near their habitat you can bet that these creatures may be aware of you, but you wouldn’t be aware of them."

Source: Radio Times | Comments (14)

Tags: David Attenborough, Yeti

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Comment icon #5 Posted by SameerPrehistorica on 13 September, 2013, 16:10
Quite interesting..
Comment icon #6 Posted by Calibeliever on 13 September, 2013, 16:32
Comment icon #7 Posted by EtherialNight on 13 September, 2013, 23:06
Agree with Sundew the snow leopard is a very good example, once they were thought to be legends or tales amoung the locals of the area, because no one had seen them. Until footage of them was seen.
Comment icon #8 Posted by keninsc on 14 September, 2013, 4:05
Well what Attenborough has done is simply embraced the possibility that such a creature might exist. Much the same as I and several others here have. I would point out that there is a huge difference in embracing a possibility and full blown belief.
Comment icon #9 Posted by woopypooky on 14 September, 2013, 4:55
So how does a naturalist who believes in possibility of yeti existence warrant a thread? Just old grandma talks, nothing to go forward with.
Comment icon #10 Posted by keninsc on 14 September, 2013, 5:08
Simple, it's name recognition. Just about everyone who's watch nature shows on TV is going to know who he is. That doesn't mean it's an endorsement by any stretch of the imagination, however it does mean that the rest of us who are open to the possibility are in very good company. No, it's not proof, but odds are more people will listen to Attenborough than your grandmother. Just saying.
Comment icon #11 Posted by BorisIWantToKnow on 14 September, 2013, 16:16
Yeah, took the words right from me. It's just about name recognition, nothing more. I'm glad that someone like Sir Attenborough talked in public about the Yeti, and I'm even more glad he supports its existence
Comment icon #12 Posted by Clobhair-cean on 14 September, 2013, 16:46
Exactly when was the snow leopard thought to be something from tales and legends? It was scientifically described 1775, within the lifetime of Linnaeus, the father of Taxonomy. It has been a well-know animal for centuries before that. It is a terrible example. It is a solitary, extremely secretive and rare big cat that lives in very remote areas, and yet, there are thousands of photographs and countless hours of film footage available of them. They are found in zoos and natural history museums around the world. Very much unlike the Yeti.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Vance665 on 14 September, 2013, 23:16
If it wasn't possible it wouldn't be very interesting at all...
Comment icon #14 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 23 September, 2013, 23:05
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