Monday, 11 January 2010

Mary MacDonald and the Yeti

The first outsider to hear tales of the strange beasts was the noted hill walker B. H. Hodgson. When in northern Nepal in 1825 his march was interrupted when his porters saw a tall creature covered with long, dark hair that bounded off in apparent fear. Hodgson did not see the creature himself, but from the descriptions given by his excited porters thought that it must have been some sort of orangutan.

In 1892 Mary MacDonald, daughter of a colonial officer, was walking through the mountains close to the border with Tibet. She was on a pleasure ramble lasting a month and had a team of local porters to carry her tent, cooking equipment and supplies. As the column was about to enter a narrow defile on the way the Garbyang Pass the rocks echoed to a strange call. MacDonald later likened it to the call of a seagull, but very much louder, ending in a throaty roar. Puzzled MacDonald turned around to ask her guide what animal could make such a noise. She found herself alone. The guide and porters had thrown down their loads and were running away at high speed back down the track.

Now rather worried, MacDonald retrieved her hunting rifle from one of the abandoned packs in case the unknown animal turned out to be dangerous and set off after her porters. She found them grouped on a flat area of ground some two miles from the defile. They told her that the cry had been made by a “metoh kangmi”, or “bad man of the snow” warning them to leave. It was only after much persuasion and some threats that MacDonald got her men to return to retrieve the abandoned packs, but nothing would get them to enter the defile.

This is an excerpt from the book Bigfoot by Rupert Matthews. To buy the book CLICK HERE

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