IN Russia, they call it almasty. In Sumatra the orang-pendek, in Bhutan the migoi and North America the sasquatch. But it’s the Himalayan name we know best – the yeti, or perhaps more popular still, the Abominable Snowman… Bigfoot.
But does it exist? That’s the question Oxford University’s professor of genetics Bryan Sykes sought to answer. For proof, he would use the science of DNA. Footprints, film footage and eyewitness accounts would not be enough.
The account of his entertaining and intriguing investigation is detailed in his book, The Nature Of The Beast.
It’s late evening, midway through a long, hot summer and we are driving south through Kent. The plan had been to take a sundown dip in Hythe or perhaps Dymchurch before an overnight stopover on our way to a wedding party in East Sussex.
My shirt against the leather driver’s seat is soaked through with sweat and R is looking a little shiny herself.