Fishermen and a forestry worker in Siberia have claimed that a group of yetis are on the loose in the area.
There were three reported sightings in recent weeks.
One person who reported spying the beast said “We shouted, ‘Do you need help?’ They rushed away, all in fur, walking on two legs, making their way through the bushes and with two other limbs, straight up the hill.
The person who made the report added: “It could not be bears, as the bear walks on all fours, and they ran on two. Then they were gone.”
On a second sighting on the bank of the Mras-Su River several days later, an unnamed fisherman was quoted as saying: “We saw some tall animals looking like people.”
He added: “Our binoculars were broken and did not let us see them sharply. We waved at the animals but they did not respond, then quickly ran back into the forest, walking on two legs.
“We realized that they were not in dark clothes but covered by dark fur. They did walk like people.”
And in a third sighting a forestry inspector reported seeing a yeti in a national park, a government official said.
Sergei Adlyakov said: “The creature did not look like a bear and quickly disappeared after breaking some branches off the bushes.”
Russia’s leading yeti expert Igor Burtsev, head of the International Center of Hominology, claimed sightings were ‘significant’.
At a similar expedition last year, he claimed to have found yeti hair though no DNA findings have been released.
He claims the creature — also known as bigfoot and Sasquatch — is the missing link between Neanderthal man and modern human beings.
Burtsev has previously claimed a population of around 30 yetis are living in Russia’s Kemerovo region.
He said: “We have good evidence of the yeti living in our region, and we have heard convincing details from experts elsewhere in Russia and in the U.S. and Canada.
“The description of the habits of the Abominable Snowmen are similar from all over the world.”
Canadian Mounties were dispatched late Sunday to a Port Coquitlam, B.C., condo after two people ran screaming from their patio from a pair of what they described as “non-human entities.”
RCMP Sgt. Grant Wong said that a search was conducted, but police couldn’t locate the alleged extraterrestrials at the home.
“A little bit of X-Files for us, but maybe we’re not as good as Mulder and Scully,” he said.
It is unknown whether drugs or alcohol was involved.
A team of researchers will take an expedition to the Shennongjia forest of China’s central Hubei province, a forbidding 1,000 square mile reserve of high mountains and deep forests, to find evidence of the “Wild Man”.
For centuries, the villagers around the Shennongjia reserve have believed that the “Wild Man”, or Yeren, lives among them.
Standing just under seven feet tall (2.15 metres) and covered in dark grey hair, this Chinese incarnation of Bigfoot or the yeti has been spotted hundreds of times, the Age reported.
Size 12 primate-like footprints have been documented in the area, and long thick strands of hair have been tested by scientists, who concluded that they did not belong to any of the known creatures inside the reserve.
But no one has ever proven its existence.
This weekend, the team of 38 researchers drawn from several Chinese universities and research institutes will fan out across the Shennongjia reserve on an expedition to catalogue the region’s unique ecosystem.
Their trip will continue throughout August, and the researchers will collect data on some 1000 different types of animals that live in Shennongjia, including the golden snub-nosed monkey and a white-furred bear that is found only in the reserve.
If the researchers manage to uncover concrete evidence of the Wild Man, they will have succeeded where two previous major expeditions – one from 1974 to 1981 and one in 2010 – failed.
“I simply want to put an end to the argument that it exists,” said Wang Shancai, of the Hubei Relics and Archaeology Institute, when he set out in 2010.
In 2005, Zhang Jiahong, a shepherd in Muyu, near the forest, told state media he had seen two of the creatures, with “hairy faces, eyes like black holes, prominent noses and dishevelled hair, with faces that resembled both a man’s and a monkey’s”.
Another explorer, Zhang Jinxing, spent years living as a hermit in the Shennongjia forest, and said he had seen footprints on 19 separate occasions, without ever finding the beast.
However, Zhou Guoxing, a former director of the Beijing Museum of Natural History and a paleontologist, has cast doubt on the idea that there may be a Chinese Bigfoot.
“There is no Wild Man in this world. I’ve visited every place where the Wild Man was reported in China. I’ve studied everything related to the Wild Man including hair, skulls and specimens. All of them are dyed human hair or come from monkeys and bears,” he said earlier this year.
He added that the local government in Hubei was simply trying to drum up tourist revenue.
A housemaid in Dubai has been accused of urinating in the tea kettle of her sponsor’s family and endangering their lives.
She believed that her urine would enchant them to treat her better.
Prosecutors charged the 26-year-old Indonesian housemaid, D.R., of intentionally endangering the life of her Emirati sponsor and his family by urinating in the tea kettle and serving them the tea.
Records said the defendant urinated in the teakettle and served the tea to the family seven times in the month of April.
When the defendant appeared before the Dubai Misdemeanour Court on Tuesday, she failed to admit or deny her accusation due to the absence of a translator.
When asked by the judge on what language she spoke, D.R. stood in courtroom nine and confidently said: “I speak Arabic.” The judge adjourned the case until an Indonesian translator is made available on July 8.
On being questioned by prosecutors, D.R. confessed that she had urinated in her sponsor’s tea kettle to enchant them so that they would treat her better.
“Yes, I peed in the tea that I served them nearly seven times last April. My sponsor’s wife was constantly complaining .. .once I met my countrywoman and asked her for advice to make my sponsor and his family treat me better and love me more.
“She advised me to pee in the bathtub of my sponsor’s washroom and urinate in the tea before serving it to them. I did so nearly seven times until I got exposed.
“When the wife confronted me, I told her what I did. I used to urinate in a cup inside my washroom and then would go and pour some of the urine in her bathroom,” the housemaid said.
D.R. alleged that she used to put around a teaspoon of her urine in the tea kettle before serving the tea.
She claimed that her sponsor, his wife and her brother drank the tea.
Meanwhile, the Emirati sponsor testified that he reported D.R. to the police after he discovered four pools of urine in the washroom over different occasions.
“Every time I asked her about the pool of urine, she denied any responsibility. However, on the day when I was taking her to the police in my car, she admitted that she had peed in the bathroom and tea kettle to enchant us and treat her better,” he claimed.
The trial continues.