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Japanese team finds “Yeti footprints” in Nepal 日探險隊在尼泊爾發現「雪人腳印」

Japanese adventurer Yoshiteru Takahashi in Kathmandu, Nepal on Oct. 20, 2008.
上圖:十月二十日,日本探險家高橋好輝於尼泊爾加德滿都。照片:法新社

PHOTO: AFP

Japanese adventurers say they have discovered footprints they believe were made by the legendary Yeti. The Yeti is said to roam the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet.

“The footprints were about 20cm long and looked like a human’s,” said Yoshiteru Takahashi, the leader of the Yeti Project Japan.

Takahashi was speaking after he returned with his seven-member team from their third attempt to track down the half-man-half-ape. Tales of the creature have gripped the imaginations of Western adventurers and mountaineers for decades.

Despite spending 42 days on Dhaulagiri IV, a 7,661m peak, the team failed in their objective of capturing one on film.

But Takahashi said the footprints were proof enough.

“Myself and other team members have been coming to the Himalayas for years and we can recognize bear, deer, wolf and snow leopard prints and it was none of those,” he said.

“We remain convinced it is real. The footprints and the stories the locals tell make us sure that it is not imaginary,” he added.

“We will come back as soon as we can, and we will keep coming back until we get the Yeti on film,” said Takahashi.  (AFP)

日本探險家表示,他們相信他們已找到傳說中「雪人」的腳印。雪人據說出沒在尼泊爾和西藏境內的喜馬拉雅山區。

日本尋找雪人計畫領隊高橋好輝說:「這些足跡約有二十公分長,看起來像是人類的腳印。」

第三次上山尋找此半人半猿生物的高橋和七位組員返程後做了上述表示。雪人的傳說數十年來深深影響西方探險家和登山客的想像力。

儘管在七千六百六十一公尺高的道拉吉里四號峰上待了四十二天,該探險隊仍沒拍攝到他們的目標物。

但高橋表示,這些足跡就足以證明雪人的存在了。

他說:「我個人和其他團隊成員已經到喜馬拉雅山好幾年了,我們能辨認出熊、鹿、狼和雪豹的腳印,而這些腳印完全不屬於上述任何一種動物。」

他補充說道:「我們仍相信這是真的雪人腳印,這些腳印和當地人告訴我們的故事讓我們確信,雪人並非虛構。」

高橋說:「我們將儘快回來,而且會一直回來,直到拍到雪人的影像為止。」(法新社�翻譯:袁星塵)

EXTRA INFO 小小百科

Although there are no confirmed sightings of either creature, the Yeti and Bigfoot are believed by some people to be very similar creatures.

雖然無人真正目睹過雪人或大腳怪,但部分人士認為兩者其實極為相似。


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