For hundreds of years the people of the Himalayas have told tales of the Yeti or Abominable Snowman,a mythical ape like creature that stalks the snowy
mountains of Asia.
The beast is said to be a muscular creature , covered with dark grayish or reddish-brown hair, and weigh between 200 and 400 pounds.
According to H. Siiger, the Yeti was a part of the pre-Buddhist beliefs of several Himalayan people. He also reported that followers of the Bon,a
Tibetan religious sect not to dissimilar to the Tibetan Buddhists, once believed the blood of the "mi rgod" or "wild man" had use in certain mystical
ceremonies. The being was depicted as an apelike creature who carries a large stone as a weapon.
In 1832, The Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal published trekker B.H Hodgson account of his experiences in Nepal. His local guides spotted a
tall, bipedal creature covered with long dark hair, which seemed to flee in fear. Hodgson in all his wisdom decided that the most logical explanation
was an orangutan.
Later in 20th century when Westerners began to make serious attempts to scale the many mountains in the area and occasionally reported seeing odd
creatures or strange tracks.
Sir Edmund Hilary the first man to scale mount Everst along with his sherpa Tenzig Norgay reported seeing large footprints while scaling
Mountin,Norgay later said that he believed the Yeti was a large ape.
So Bigfoots Asian cousin has been knocking around for a good few hundred years at least.But maybe not any longer.
Reports of Yeti sightings are declining over recent years claim locals the last known sighting of the mythical beast by locals was six years ago when
a young farmer named Norbu from a village called Chendebji .
Norbu claims to have to have not only discovered a Yetis nest but slept the night in it,unfortunately no Yeti was seen.
The BBC put forward this explanation.
"People don't need to go up to the mountain to collect wood or graze their animals. They cook on gas rings, and farming patterns have changed. The
villagers spend more of their time growing cash crops such as potatoes and oil seeds."
So as modern technology becomes more prevalent,the locals spend less and less time in the wilderness thus interactions with humanoid beast
decrease.The Yetis is are still alive and well living in his remote hideout somewhere in Asian mountains.
But the pessimist in me suggest a different idea what if they are all dead?
The Abominable Snowmen or Snowwomen (lets not be sexist) if they ever existed where surly a rare species,and could not have a large population or else
more physical evidence would exist.
But would could have changed?
Why would a creature that has lived for century's suddenly become extinct?
One answer that springs to my mind is Global Warming.
Warming in the Himalayas has already occurred at three times the global average. Glaciers in the eastern and central part of Himalayas are retreating
at rates similar to those in other parts of the world,and native wildlife such as the snow leopards are on the endangered species list.
According to the WWF The Himalayas is prime snow leopard habitat and continued warming will cause their range to shrink as the treeline moves higher
up the mountains. This will not only fragment and isolate snow leopard populations, but it will severely affect their prey too – causing some of the
alpine pastures that blue sheep and Himalayan tahr (the snow leopard’s main prey) rely on to be replaced by forest. Declines in the snow leopard’s
natural prey are already causing snow leopards to take livestock – and farmers will kill them to protect their livelihoods. So any more declines in
natural prey will make this problem worse.
So there is already existing evidence that Global Warming is having an effect on the wildlife population of the Asian Mountains.
And with what must be already slim numbers of the creatures I ask this.
Have we killed the Yeti?
Has mankind's failure to take serious action on climate change driven a creature that was once worshiped by the followers of the Bon as an almost god
like entity, to extinction?
I might to late for the Yeti but its not late for the snow leopard and the other wildlife of the Himalayan mountains.
I can imagine a day when future generations will view the Snow leopard as we today see the Yeti, a creature of legend that might or might not
edit on 11.15.2015 by Kandinsky because: Added ex-tags and