Tuesday 26 October 2010

News: more on Australian big cat and new Yeti search.

Hills Shire Times joins search for big cat
THE search was on for the elusive big cat of the Hills on Wednesday after the recent discovery of giant paw prints in the sand near caves in Marramarra National Park at Canoelands.Hills Shire Times journalist Vanessa Bradbury and photographer Phil Rogers set out for the national park on the outskirts of the Hills with Katoomba-based cryptozoologist Rex Gilroy in a bid to find this mysterious feline which has intrigued locals for years.
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Mr Gilroy believes the national park would be the perfect setting for the big cat to roam because it has lots of caves off the main walking track and has a good source of water with Marramarra Creek.“I would not be surprised if there are two or three of these big cats here, but we really need to find conclusive evidence of this like good tracks or samples of any faeces,” he said.“There is plenty of food around with possums, foxes and even rabbits.”Our search saw us walk along the main path before getting off the beaten track and going further into the bush to find some caves and any traces of the big cat. Unfortunately no conclusive evidence was found - this time.

Indiana Jones' hits the Yeti trail in Nepal
2010-10-25 14:30:00
Kathmandu, Oct 25 (IANS) As mysterious and as much sought-after as UFOs, the Yeti - also known as the Abominable Snowman, Migoi and Bigfoot - is not a myth or a hermit in the wilderness. It exists in virginal forests untrodden by man, living on tree barks, frogs and even 'brains' of animals. Immensely powerful, it can kill several yaks with a rock and when lonely, wistfully eyes the mountain women grazing their herds near the forest, toying with the idea of capturing one for company. It has a strong sense of smell, is afraid of the fire and lives in caves. The hairy ape man that has captured the imagination of people down the ages comes alive vividly once again as another 'Indiana Jones' hits the Yeti trail in Nepal with his new book, 'Yetis, Sasquatch and Hairy Giants'. 'I must be frank and say that I haven't come across a Yeti as yet though I went on several Yeti expeditions,' says a candid David Hatcher Childress, the 54-year-old explorer whose nearly 20 books on his exotic wanderings have made his fans bestow the title 'Indiana Jones' on him. 'However, I firmly believe they exist.' The American archaeologist, who first came to Nepal in 1976 at the age of 19, has been to Mongolia, China, Bhutan, Sikkim and places in Canada where sightings of the mysterious creature were reported. His new book, published by Kathmandu's Adventure Pilgrims Trekking and launched in the capital Saturday, puts together a wealth of anecdotes, reports and photographs about the Yeti. 'One of the earliest reported sightings was in 1921 when a British expedition went on a reconnaissance of Mt Everest,' says Childress, on the eve of a trekking expedition in Nepal.

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