A boy who filmed the 'clearest evidence' so far of the Yeti in Siberia has spoken for the first time of how he came face to face with the Big Foot.
'At first we decided not to say a word about it', said Zhenya, who comes from the village some 30km from the coal mining city of Leninsk-Kuznetskiy in Kemerovo region. Picture: The Siberian Times
He spoke as Russia's leading proponent of the elusive - many say mythical - creature claims 12 year old Yevgeny Anisimov's footage shows not one but two Yetis, the second being a baby or child, adding that his thesis is backed by experts in the US and Canada.
For Yevgeny - or Zhenya - the 'sighting', covered by The Siberian Times in February 2013, has brought mainly problems after his teacher said the incident was a stunt, and he was ticked off for swearing in the video as he and two friends ran away in fright.
'At first we decided not to say a word about it', said Zhenya, who comes from the village some 30km from the coal mining city of Leninsk-Kuznetskiy in Kemerovo region.
'We thought nobody would believe us and people would laugh at us. But I was curious to know who was the one I had filmed.'
The Yeti - or Yeltis - were filmed on his mobile phone through trees and, perhaps frightened by the voices, a blurred shapes is seen moving away.
He told how he showed the video to his grandparents who alerted a neighbour and her grandson, a miner, Yevgeni Pashkov.
'It looks like the bigger Yeti - maybe it was mother or father - was making a path for the smaller one, this also explains why the distance between footprints is not big, just 70-80 cm, just about two and a half times bigger than the footprint itself'. Pictures: The Siberian Times
'We studied it and realised there are not just one Yeti but two there,' said the 'expert'.
Images of the footprints in the snow show that next to the big one there are small ones too, he claimed.
'It means there were not one but two Yetis, a big and a small one, and they walked one after another, the one behind stepped into the footprints of the one in front,' said Dr Burtsev, who said the video had been analysed by unidentified experts in the US and Canada.
'Our foreign colleagues agreed with this. It looks like the bigger Yeti - maybe it was mother or father - was making a path for the smaller one, this also explains why the distance between footprints is not big, just 70-80 cm, just about two and a half times bigger than the footprint itself.
'In other words, the bigger Yeti stepped more often making it easier for the younger Yeti to follow him'.
The sighting was close to the frozen Ur River.
'Two minutes 39 seconds from the beginning of the footage - we see a figure', Burtsev said.
'At that moment Zhenya's phone switched off because of the frost. He has a simple cheap phone, it is a frequent problem. 'He switched it on again and then we see a figure in focus. Until 2 minutes 51 seconds it stands still, a full 12 seconds. At first we thought we saw extra long arms but now we think these were the legs of younger Yeti, who was carried by the bigger one.
'Then the Yeti turns around, quickly runs to the left, just for 2 or 3 seconds, and we see the figure is quite wide, but if we suppose he was carrying a child Yeti, then it is clear. And remember about the footprints. All fits now'.
'I am convinced it was a staged performance. Yeti do not exist at all, especially in our area full of fields,' said Irina Ustyuzhanina, senior teacher of Podgorny School. Pictures: The Siberian Times
Dr Burtsev asked the miner to return to the scene with the boy and examine the footprints, now slightly snow covered.
'They found the same footprints and more, they found out that the Yeti left that field, went around it and came back, and then went towards the main road.
'Probably they came back because they were hungry. Yevgeny Pashkov noticed that trees were picked at a height of 150-170 cm, one tree was gnawed in two pieces, the bark of another tree was gnawed.'
Burtsev asked Pashkov and other locals to leave some food for the hungry Yetis, and reports say they left several chickens killed by a wild mink.
Meanwhile, Zhenya, who has won global fame for his pictures, says that he believes in the Yeti - but added that he faces problems from his teachers and other locals who do not believe him.
He was 'shouted at' for swearing as he fled the scene.
'I am convinced it was a staged performance. Yeti do not exist at all, especially in our area full of fields,' said Irina Ustyuzhanina, senior teacher of Podgorny School.
However, the local administration believes the boys. And now he has a certificate from Dr Burtsev to confirm the sighting.
So what was it then? Watch the video, caution - swear words!
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