A tiny but fierce-looking monkey that attacks its rivals and walks upright may have sparked the legend of the Yeti.
The golden snub-nosed primate boasts enormous fangs and is prone to violent clashes.
They are native to central and south-west China – where Yeti stories originated – and live in mountainous forests covered in snow.
The monkeys typically huddle together in groups, with the males often fighting each other to get at food.
In the heat of battle, they can even bite off each other’s tails.
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The animals bizarrely walk upright in the snow and bear an odd resemblance to the Yeti in drawings.
But despite its links to the Abominable Snowman, the primate is only pint-sized –growing to just 20in tall.
The creatures will feature on the next episode of David Attenborough’s wildlife series Seven Worlds, One Planet.
Producer Emma Napper said: “They were known as mythical creatures that lived in these high forests and they walk on their hind legs like people.
“David told me he’d read some descriptions of what they looked like in journals – one would say their fur looks gold and another would say gun metal.
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“He told me he’d love to see them, so when we showed him footage, he thought it was stunning.”
Last month, Russian media claimed that two skiers may have been killed by a Yeti in the Ural Mountains.
Sixty years, ago nine cross-country skiers died in the notorious Dyatlov Pass incident – an enduring mystery in the history of Russia.
The group fled from an "unknown compelling force”, according to a Soviet investigation.
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Some victims had fractured skulls and chest injuries, and the tongue and eyes of Lyudmila Dubinina, 21, and Semen Zolotarev, 38, were missing.
Others perished from hypothermia after fleeing their tents in the night in only socks, or underwear.
Russia’s largest newspaper has now quoted a leading doctor as saying that two of the group's injuries were likely from a large creature.
Kommsomolskaya Pravda asked in a headline: “Could a Yeti kill tourists in the Dyatlov Pass?”
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