Whatever the name might be, there were plenty of abominable snowmen to be seen in New York City today (Oct. 4), when 26 costumed cryptids rolled up to the iconic Flatiron Building in an open double-decker bus. Their visit heralded the Oct. 5 premiere of the Travel Channel special "Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti," an investigation by host Josh Gates of the elusive and mysterious humanoid creature said by some to inhabit the Himalayas. [Rumor or Reality: The Creatures of Cryptozoology]
Tales of the yeti — described as a bipedal animal standing 6 to 7 feet (about 2 meters) tall and covered with fur — have persisted in the Himalayas for hundreds of years, Gates told Live Science. Explorers from the West coined the name "abominable snowman" for the creature, saying it had white fur. But people living in the region told a different tale, Gates explained, describing yetis as having reddish-brown coats.
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