The Almasty: Russia’s Mysterious Creature

It shouldn’t come as a shock to be taught that the huge wildernesses, thick forests, and large mountain ranges of Russia are residence to Bigfoot-type beasts. They’re identified to the native people as Almasty. For some researchers, the creatures are unknown apes. For others, they’re nothing lower than still-surviving pockets of Neanderthals. Each situations are superb, by way of their potential implications. However, regardless of the true identification of the Almasty, there’s little or no doubt that it exists. The sheer variety of witness stories makes that very clear. The Almasty is a creature that has a protracted historical past connected to it, one thing which additionally provides to the chance of it being a real animal of very historical proportions. What could be very probably the earliest report on report of the bushy, large, Almasty got here from one Hans Schiltenberger. Within the 1400s, Schiltenberger was taken prisoner by Turkish forces and was, as David Hatcher-Childress notes, positioned “within the retinue of a Mongol prince named Egidi.”

It transpires that upon his return to Europe in 1427, Schiltenberger started writing a guide about his experiences with the Turks. It was a guide that surfaced in 1430 and which is made extremely notable by its reference to unusual and savage creatures that Schiltenberger was advised of, and which had been stated to stay excessive within the Tien Shan Mountains of Mongolia, which border upon Russia. Schiltenberger’s translated phrases state: “The inhabitants say that past the mountains is the start of a wasteland which lies on the fringe of the earth. Nobody can survive there as a result of the desert is populated by so many snakes and tigers. Within the mountains themselves stay wild individuals, who don’t have anything in frequent with different human beings. A pelt covers the whole physique of those creatures. Solely the arms and face are freed from hair. They run round within the hills like animals and eat foliage and grass and no matter else they’ll discover. The lord of the territory made Egidi a gift of a few forest individuals, a person and a girl. That they had been caught within the wilderness, along with three untamed horses the scale of asses and all kinds of different animals which aren’t present in German lands and which I can not put a reputation to.”

Evidently, the creatures nonetheless exist: in August 2005, a Ukranian newspaper, Scenario, described a then current encounter with at least a whole group of Almasty on the Demedzhi Plateau, within the Crimea. The newspaper reported that: “Ivan S., 21, and his group of 12 vacationers had been spending their second day camped on the plateau. The children went to sleep early, whereas the adults stayed up some time. ‘The night time was very vivid with a full moon,’ reported Crimean ufologist Anton A. Anfalov.” Anfalov continued: “Ivan’s assistant, Sasha and several other of the boys left the campsite to make use of the lavatory and once they returned, they seemed terrified and trembled with worry. It was then everybody heard a frightful growl close to the camp.” Abruptly, the group was confronted by a pack of big, roughly eight ft tall, “bare, bushy males.”

Based on Sasha: “There have been three creatures. They usually had been about six meters away from us. The hair humanoids had been 2 to 2.5 meters in peak. Their true peak was onerous to estimate as a result of they had been all crouched down and balancing themselves on their fists, like giant apes. All three had been growling at us. Their faces had been very bushy, virtually with out wrinkles, and their eyes weren’t shiny in any respect. Their heads had been set or positioned very low, as if that they had no necks. On their backs that they had one thing like humps on their backbone. The creatures had been very aggressive. Everybody was scared and the beasts’ growls awoke the youngsters who grew to become hysterical.”

Scenario had extra to say: “The standoff lasted for about 45 minutes. Lastly the creatures turned and bounded away with unusual ape-like bouncing leaps. The campers spent a sleepless night time round their fireplace. Within the morning Ivan and the others searched the bottom round their camp, however as a consequence of a dense layer of fallen leaves the creatures didn’t depart any distinct prints.”

Transferring on to 2009, in April of that yr the Russian newspaper, Pravda, revealed – in an article titled Russian scientists use Google maps to search out yeti – that there had been greater than twenty sightings of Almasty by hunters within the forests of Kemerovo. Not solely that, there have been stories of unusual, giant footprints having been found within the depths of close by caves: “Scientists discovered two similar yeti footprints. One in all them was left on the rock and it dates again 5,000 years in the past, and the opposite footprint which was left not way back was discovered on the backside of the cave.”

Pravda spoke with one of many unnamed scientists, who stated: “They’re completely similar. 5 thousand years in the past yetis settled down on this cave and now their descendants are nonetheless residing right here. The situations within the cave are appropriate for yeti. The cave defends them from rains, snow and wind. There’s additionally a lake in the course of the cave the place yetis can discover clear water.” The newspaper added: “Sadly, the scientists didn’t handle to see yetis that point. They are saying their snowmobiles had been too noisy and yetis needed to cover someplace within the forests. Nevertheless, the scientists say they managed to achieve their principal aim – they obtained the proof that yetis reside there. A brand new expedition to the positioning shall be organized this summer season.” However that was not all, as Pravda made very clear: “Members of the Kosmopoisk affiliation have returned from an expedition to Russia’s Kirov Area the place they looked for a Bigfoot that allegedly lived in that area. Kosmopoisk chief Vadim Chernobrov says the expedition has found a den occupied by a mysterious large and an underground passage dug clearly not by a human.”

Ivan Konovalov was a forest warden who, for thirty years, labored within the Kirov Area. He advised of his 1985 encounter with an Almasty: “It was snowing on the day once I was strolling alongside the fir wooden and immediately heard snap of twigs. I rotated and noticed an superior creature lined with darkish hair that was a lot taller than me. It smelt strongly. The beast leant towards a pine tree and began bending it all the way down to the bottom. The tree was relatively thick, but it surely cracked underneath the creature’s burden. Then the creature began breaking the tree towards the knee. Its arms had been as thick and lengthy as its legs. Fairly of a sudden, the creature felt one thing and turned its ‘face’ to me. I noticed two black eyes and the impression on the backside of the eyes deeply impressed me. I nonetheless bear in mind the look of the eyes. Then the creature flung the tree and shortly left. However I stood thunderstruck and couldn’t transfer a finger.”

Hopefully, someday we are going to resolve the thriller of the Almasty.

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