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Mammal, Primate, Ape, Neo giant
Nepalese cryptid, Indian cryptid, Bhutanese cryptid, Himalayan cryptid, Tibetan Cyptid, Chinese cryptid
Omnivore, Lazarus taxon, Prints casted, Featured in Native folklore
Gin sung, also called dzu teh, glacier giant, dre mo; or the abominable snowman by westerners is the name given to a neo giant inhabiting the lowland temperate rainforest covered valleys of the Himalayan mountains in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and the state of Sikkim in India.
Gin sung are seven to eight feet tall, with stocky bodies and enormous barrel-like torsos. They have small pointed heads, have no visible neck, and have a large brow ridge. Their long arms reach down to their knees and are covered in dark red hair similar to an orangutan and sometimes brown. They eat fruit and small mammals and are said to occasionally kill large prey, even yaks. They make nests out of branches and leaves and hide in them during the day.
They are rarely seen in their habitat and are more commonly seen crossing from valley to valley via mountains, causing the misconception that that is where they live. Gin sung are very fearsome, but are ultimately just curious, and seem harmless to humans.
Although folklore of the gin sung is ancient, dating back to as much as 2000 BCE, the first written mention of the gin sung was in the Classic Of Mountains And Seas from the 4th century.
In 1888, explorer William Knight saw a six-foot-tall gin sung foraging for roots on a mountain. In 1942, seven inmates escaped a gulag and travelled to India on foot across the Himalayas. One of the inmates, Slavomir Rawicz, wrote a book on their journey called The Long Walk. While walking through a plateau in Tibet, Slavomir and his companions came across two gin sung, just 100 yards away from them. They were both around eight-feet tall, with one being slightly shorter. Their shoulders sloped down to a powerful chest and their long arms had their wrists at the same level as their knees. The two gin sung noticed them but didn’t seem to care and they both casually walked away.
In 1953, gin sung tracks were found by famous explorer Edmund Hillary in the Barun Khola range. The next year, two British members of Hillary’s team discovered gin sung tracks in the Choyang Valley.
In 1960, a Sherpa man was watching his cows when a gin sung ran into the pasture whistling. It grabbed onto one of their yaks and snapped its neck and ate it. By the time it was done, the only thing left was bones and intestines. In 1970, mountaineer Don Whillans claimed to have seen through his binoculars a gin sung lumbering through the snow on four legs.
In 1981 or 1982, a shepherd named Nima saw a gin sung approaching in the Ka Zong pasture. He hid in a rock shelter that was too small for the Gin sung to enter. It stayed at the entrance making gurgling, whooping and panting noises before giving up and walking away.
In 1994, five shepherds from Lanbu, Tibet kidnapped a female gin sung and its babies and killed them and dumped their bodies in the mountains, fearing they would attack their livestock. In 2007, Josh Gates was trying to look for the yeti for the tv show Destination Truth, when he came across a foot-long track appearing to be that of a gin sung.