The legend of the Yeti has grown over the years, but one fact remains true. This creature has been claimed to exist for a number of centuries.
The Tibetan population has revered the Yeti for many years and tales of this man-like creature even existed as early as the first century.
There are a number of interesting facts surrounding the life of the Yeti. According to most reports the creature is nocturnal, and is only rarely seen during the daylight hours. It is thought that only a true emergency can cause the Yeti to venture out into the light of day.
Many people have claimed to have sighted the Yeti yet there are no verifiable photos to prove its existence. The lack of picture documentation does not slow the interest in this enormous, mountain dwelling being.
The Yeti can move about on all four feet or walk upright on its hind legs. These animals are said to have facial and body characteristics similar to large orangutans.
It is said that the Yeti is so fast and swift moving that it cannot be captured. The only time a person is able to catch a Yeti is when the creature has become severely ill or has already died.
The fierce weather in the Himalayan mountain range is said to provide cover and protection for the Yetis. With a thick coating of long, white fur these creatures can easily withstand the freezing cold temperatures, heavy snows and bitter winds that keep humans at bay.
The Nepalese state that a Yeti is extraordinarily strong and powerful. A Yeti is claimed to be so very strong that one punch from this creature can kill a human or an animal.
Although respected mountain climbers such as Sir Edmund Hillary have reported finding unusually long footprints in the snowy surfaces along the Himalayas it was a German who was responsible for the first, hugely popular report about seeing the Yeti. This incident happened in 1925 when a photographer from Germany claimed to have made visual contact with a Yeti.
Yetis have the ability to vocalize to at least a limited degree. Many people have reported that this animal can make a variety of sounds including whistles; hums; growls and grunts.
The stones that a Yeti is said to throw only occurs if the creature is mad, fearful or hunting for food. In fact, according to most reports, the stone throwing incidents are usually accidental and are simply the result of a hungry Yeti searching the ground for something to eat.
In spite of its fearsome reputation the Yeti is seen as relatively harmless to humans. The creature will kill animals to eat but does not seem inclined to kill people, unless it is forced to defend itself against some type of attack.
The most recent reports of a Yeti sighting have occurred nearly 30 years ago. This does not mean that the Yeti does not exist, but it could be an indication that these creatures have discovered a new and better way to hide themselves from human interlopers.