Yetis and other examples of ‘Cryptozoology’

Yetis 'do exist', Siberian region claims

Yetis are hairy apelike creatures of popular myth Photo: ALAMY

1. Bigfoot/Sasquatch

Perhaps the cousin of the Yeti? The ape-like creature inhabits forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Sasquatch is an anglicised derivative of the word “sesquac”, which means “wild man” in Salish Native American.

The notoriety of the ape-man grew in the 1950s, culminating in 1958 when large footprints were found in Del Norte County, California. Its most famous “sighting” is arguably the Patterson-Gimlin film, in which Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin claimed to have captured a Sasquatch on film at Bluff Creek, California. They consistently denied it was a hoax, despite an acquaintance of Patterson’s claiming he wore an ape costume for th emaking of the film.

2. Loch Ness Monster

Nessie, as it is affectionally nicknamed, is arguably one of Scotland’s biggest tourist attractions. One of the best known images of Nesie is the “Surgeon’s Photograph” – the “first” photo and only photographic evidence of a “head and neck”. The image was supposedly taken by surgeon Robert Kenneth Wilson and was published in 1934.

However it was revealed in 1994 to be nothing more than a toy submarine outfitted with a sea-serpent head. In 2003, the BBC sponsored a full search of the Loch using 600 separate sonar beams and satellite tracking, but came up with no animal of any substantial size.

3. Chupacabra

From the words chupar which means ‘to suck’ and cabra ‘goat’. The beast, which reportedly inhabits Mexico and the US, gets its name from the habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats.

Dubbed a contemporary legend, sightings have been claimed since 1995 – it is supposed to resemble a small bear, with a row of spines down its neck to its tail.

Last year, a reported chupacabra find turned out to be a dead coyote with mange.

4. Ogopogo

A lake monster that lives in Okanagan Lake in British Columbia, Canada. Allegedly first seen by Indigenous Canadians in the 19th century. The Ogopogo is supposedly about 50 feet long. Suggestions that the beast may have been mistaken for other animals or inanimate objects.

5. Mongolian Death Worm

Said it exist in the Gobi Desert. Described as a bright red worm with a body that is up to five feet long. According to locals it can spew acid that will turn anything it touches yellow and corroded and is fatal. There have been no confirmed sightings.

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