Animal Planet's 'Monster Week' Schedule Includes a Special on Yetis

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Most of Animal Planet’s “Monster Week” programming is designed to promote the season finale of its highest-rated program, River Monsters, a show about ferocious fish. But tucked within the schedule is a special entitled Yeti Or Not, which will probe the existence of a certain Himalayan-dwelling giant.


Here’s the description from Animal Planet, via the Wrap—which also has detailed descriptions of all the programs, if you’re interested:

Dr. Mark Evans, a veterinarian and explorer, is on a mission to sift fact from folklore and distill the plausible from the possible as he searches for a rational explanation for the mysterious Himalayan biped known as the Yeti. Evan’s globe-spanning investigation evaluates mysterious footprints, Yeti-hunting Nazis and real-life “hobbits.” He travels to Nepal’s wild Tibetan frontier in search of new, untested remains believed to be from Yetis. Will the DNA from these and other samples finally solve the world’s most intriguing zoological puzzle? Can science play a role in solving this mystery?

As much as we’re leaning toward the “Not” part of Yeti Or Not, the premise actually sounds really interesting and makes you wonder if the show might cover some truly weird moments in the history of cryptozoology. Exhibit A: Yeti-hunting Nazis, which sounds just nuts.

The rest of “Monster Week,” which runs May 26 through June 2, is heavy on animal attacks and swarms of killer bees, though there’s one other special that looks promising: Extinct Or Alive: Tasmanian Tiger, which investigates reports that the supposedly long-dead creature may still be lurking in the Tasmanian wilderness.

io9 News Editor, here since 2016. Previously SF Bay Guardian newspaper (RIP), SFSU (MA, Cinema Studies), member of the SF Bay Area Film Critics Circle, big fan of horror, metal, and verrry small dogs.



I'd prefer to see a show on Nazi-hunting Yetis.