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Yeti. This mythical primate is said to live in the impenetrable thickets of the highest Himalayan forests. The earliest British report of a yeti was made in 1832 by the naturalist B. H. Hobson. He wrote about an apelike creature described to him by the Sherpas. In the 1920s, an international mania for mountaineering in the unknown peaks of the Himalayas led to more reports in the western press of the Yeti and resulted in the phrase 'Abominable Snowman'. The first photograph of a Yeti footprint was taken in 1937 but proved inconclusive. Despite numerous sightings, it is still not known if the Yeti is myth or reality.
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