Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 25th, 2009
The faint outline of a Siberian Yeti track found in a cave can be seen in this Russian photograph.
Breaking Russian media accounts for March 25, 2009, are reporting a delay in the quest for the Siberian Yeti.
The expedition that went looking for unknown Snowmen (called “Bigfoot” in some news items) in a cave in the mountains of Siberia has so far been fruitless, but its organizers blame the weather for failure. They vow to return in summer.
Earlier this week an expedition headed by Yeti specialist (or hominologist) Igor Burtsev set off to explore the several kilometer long cave in the Kemerovo Region, where local hunters reported to have seen the creatures. The expedition returned to Moscow without any success.
“Our expedition visited the Azasskaya Cave. Unfortunately, we did not find any direct evidence of a bigfoot’s presence there,” Burtsev was quoted by RIA Novosti as telling a press conference directly after his return.
But he was not discouraged by this failure, blaming it on bad weather and the curiousity of local people.
“People are simply pouring in there now. If there had been any footprints there originally, they were destroyed,” he said.
Besides, the cave is very deep, Burtsev said, and to explore its full length, a team of speleologists would have to join the mission. Since the exploration was made almost impossible by heavy snow drifts, the expedition should return in summer, he added.
In February 2009, the administration of Kemerovo Region in Russia’s Siberia started receiving reports from local hunters who claimed to have seen human-like creatures near Azasskaya Cave, 500 kilometers off the city of Kemerovo. The creatures reportedly were 4.5-6 feet (1.5-2 meters) tall and covered in hair. One of the hunters also made a photograph of what he said was the creature’s footprint in the snow.
Burtsev, a PhD in History and a passionate researcher of Yetis, says he sees nothing strange about Snowmen/Bigfoot possibly showing up in the Kemerovo region. Its mountains are part of the Altai range, thought to be the favorite Yetis’ reproduction spot. In late 19th and early 20th century, he says, female creatures with young ones were frequently spotted there.
The Russian Academy of Sciences, however, is skeptical of Burtsev’s enthusiasm. To preserve a stable population, there would have to be many Yetis, but only single creatures have so far been spotted, an anthropologist of the Academy, Sergei Vasilyev, told RIA Novosti, according to the MosNews.
The above image appears to match some descriptions of the Russian Bigfoot. For clarification, the website Tochikoni Rossija, a Tajik-Russian Mass Media Project, previously published this photo (above) of the St. Petersburg artist Nikolaj Potapov with his painting of a “relic hominoid.”
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