The servicemen of the Border Department of the Federal Security Bureau Directorate in the Republic of Ingushetia captured a bizarre creature which looks like the legendary Yeti. The creature is two meters tall, Interfax reports with reference to the Minister for Labor and Social Development of Ingushetia, Bagaudin Marshani.
"Several days ago, a hunter in the Jeirahsky district saw a strange animal that looked like a bear. The bear caught a sheep and dragged the animal into the woods. The hunter followed the bear and fired his rifle at it several times. The animal jumped on its rear legs and ran away. Border-guards patrolled this territory today and found the weird animal in a hollow," Marshani said.
According to him, the border guards captured the animal and took it to the zoo situated on the territory of the holiday hotel near the settlement of Surhahi in the Nazranovsky region of Ingushetia.
"I tell you what. The animal looks like a gorilla. It is nearly two meters tall. We believe it's a female, but she is really big. A gorilla usually moves using its front extremities, but this creature stands vertically, like a human being. She roars and produces strange sounds," the minister said.
The animal is frightened; she eats meat and herbal food, the official added.
"Some say it's a Yeti, others say it's a large ape, but, to be frank, I've never seen such a creature in my whole life," Marshani said.
Large gorillas usually have long and massive arms. The arms of this animals are short, and it stands like humans do - on its feet.
"As far as I know, Moscow specialists are supposed to come here soon to take the bizarre creature," the official said.
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It was later reported that the news about the captured Yeti was a hoax. Bagaudin Marshani stated that reporters misinterpreted his words.
"That was a life-size puppet that we are going to use for New Year holidays. You guys just think - it's December 29th - what kind of Yeti can there be before the New Year holidays? He will be our Yeti for three days: on December 29, 30 and 31," the minister said.
"The holiday for children will start at 2 p.m. Ded Moroz and Snegurochka are arriving today on a special flight from Greenland. They will get to meet the Yeti that we "captured." There will also be ten talking animals at the holiday - a wolf, a squirrel and others. Ded Moroz will introduce the Yeti to children," the minister said.
Officials with the Border Department of the Federal Security Bureau Directorate in the Republic of Ingushetia rejected the information about the capture of the so-called Yeti by the republican border guards.
"News agencies distributed the information without checking the facts. It's a hoax," the press service of the department told Interfax.