posted on Oct, 11 2003 @ 10:21 AM
If you read the articles, the Russian sources seem very coy, like they know what's up- "oh, look, it's a size 36!"
Never is the obvious resemblence to a bear paw evan mentioned! No known large primate has claws. This is a snow boot made by peeling the skin off a
bear leg so it turns inside out. The toe bones were cut off at the first joint in order to provide a foundation for the claws; this is why some of
the reports mention it has an extra toe joint. The meaty paw pad was removed, and a thick leather sole stiched in with animal sinews. Then it was
turned right side out to hide the stiches and to help them wear longer. Only a good hunter could set himself up with a pair of bear boots; probably
a status symbol.
This thing is very bear-like on the outside, but the x-rays are very human. It's a boot, folks- the whole attitude of the Russians reminds me of
that time the Tass News in Moscow reported 8' one eyed aliens strolling around Moscow.