MiGo

Alternate name for the Yet of Central Asia.

Etymology: Tibetan (Sino-Tibetan) word. Probably means "wild man," though it also has a sense of "robber" or "ruffian." In modern usage, mi go ba means to "not notice"; mi gos means "untainted"; and mi gyo is an "unwavering state of meditation."

Variant names: Me-gu, Megur, Miegye, Mig-eye, Mighu (Bhutanese pronunciation), Migio, Migu, Migyur (Bhutan), Mirgod, Mirka, Ui-go.

Physical description: Height, 6-7 feet. Covered in dark brown hair. Powerful build. Oval head running to a point at the top. Apelike face sparsely covered with hair.

Behavior: Nocturnal. Bipedal in open country. Walks with an unsteady gait. Moves on all fours in the forest or swings in the trees. Visits snowfields in search of saline moss on exposed rocks. Makes a peculiar, whistling call. Has a bad odor. Fears fire. Usually runs away when it encounters humans and only attacks if it is wounded.

Tracks: Imprints are 6-7 inches long and 4 inches wide at the broadest, though this seems small for the animal's height. Five distinct toes. Clear instep. Pointed heel.

Habitat: Forested mountains.

Distribution: Eastern Himalaya Mountains of Tibet; Nepal; Bhutan; Sikkim State, India.

Significant sighting: A female relative of the third king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1952-1972), saw a Mighu in the mountains.

Sources: René de Nebesky-Wojkowitz, Where the Gods Are Mountains (London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1956), pp. 151-161; Swami Pranavananda, "The Abominable Snowman," Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 54 (1957): 358-364; Boris F. Porshnev and A. A. Shmakov, eds., Informatsionnye materialy, Komissii po Izucheniyu Voprosa o "Snezhnom Cheloveke," 4 vols. (Moscow: Akademiia Nauk SSSR, 1958-1959); Rory Nugent, The Search for the Pink-Headed Duck (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991), pp. 70-82.

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