Nyalmo

True Giant of Central Asia.

Etymology: Sherpa (Sino-Tibetan) word. Variant names: Nyalmu, Nyulmo. Physical description: Height, 13-20 feet. Enormous, conical head.

Behavior: Feeds on yak and mountain sheep. Possibly man-eating. Said to engage in pine tree-shaking contests.

Habitat: Altitudes higher than 13,000 feet. Distribution: Helmu area, Nepal; southern Tibet.

Sources: Bernard Heuvelmans, On the Track of Unknown Animals (New York: Hill and Wang, 1958), p. 176; Edmund Hillary and Desmond Doig, High in the Thin Cold Air (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1962), p. 31;

Kesar Lall, Lore and Legend ofthe Yeti (Kathmandu: Pilgrims Book House, 1988), pp. 26-31.

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