Yeti sighting in Siberia' claims Russian expert
So claims leading Yeti proponent Igor Burtsev, Director of the International Centre of Hominology in Moscow. It comes as Dr Burtsev is fending off claims from a UK newspaper that samples of 'Yeti hair' which he provided have turned out under DNA analysis at Oxford University to be horse, racoon and American Black Bear.
While disputing the results of the test, he has released footage which he claims shows a fleeting two second glimpse of shadowy object moving behind snow-covered trees some 30km from the coal mining city Leninsk-Kuznetskiy in Kemerovo region.
'Three boys made a video of the Yeti', he said.
'They were in the area near the city of Leninsk-Kuznetskiy, some 30 km away. They were walking about and noticed a chain of huge tracks in the snow.
'They got very inquisitive about the tracks and followed the trail, filming them on the mobile phone camera.
'They walking for a bit and got closer to the bushes - where suddenly they saw a Yeti, some 50 metres away from them.
'It noticed them as well, sharply moved, bent down, then to the left, and ran left. The boys, scared, ran in the opposite direction.'
One - Yevgeny Anisimov, 11, who is filming the 'creature' - is heard shouting: 'I am the nearest, I'm going to be eaten.'