Thought to live in the steamy mountain valleys of Nepal and Sikkim, the Teh-lma, which means That There Little Thing, is the smallest of several kinds of Yetis reported to inhabit the Himalayas. Teh-lma are generally thought to be between 3 and 4 feet tall with hunched shoulders and a sharply pointed head that slopes back from the forehead. They are often described as being covered in a think reddish grey hair, and survive on a diet of frogs and other small animals. Sir Edmond Hillary and Desmond Doig noted that in Bhuran, Sikkim and southeastern Tibet, the Teh-lma are known as Pyar-them, and according to Ivan T. Sanderson, of all the kinds of Yetis, these “little Yetis” are the least known and the most neglected by everyone.
During the Daily Mail Himalayan Snowman Expedition in 1954, Gerald Russell, an American naturalist, first heard of these smaller than normal Yetis that the indigenous people called Teh-lma. During this expedition Russell was given the chance to examine presumed droppings of the creature; he was able to conclude from his studies that the Teh-lma lived in the more tropical valleys of Nepal and lived off a diet of frogs. Russell was able to return to Nepal as a member of the Slick-Johnson Snowman Expedition in 1958. Russell’s guide, a Sherpa by the name of Da Temba, along with another eyewitness, claimed to have seen a Teh-lma in the middle of a creek located in Chhoyang River Valley in April during this expedition. Though Russell did not see the creature himself, he was able to find its tracks on more than one occasion.
The idea of small hair covered hominids is possibly backed up by the discovery of Homo floresiensis in October 2004. These small skeletons found in a cave on Flores Island, located in Indonesia, date back roughly 12,000 years. The skeletons, which where originally thought to be the bodies of children, are roughly 3 feet tall and later determined to be a new, be it very small, species of the genus Homo. The fact that an unknown form of hominid like Homo floresiensis existed so recently in geographically terms, breeds new life into the possible existence of small hominids like the Teh-lan.
To date, no physical evidence to support the existence of Teh-lan has been brought forward.
No documented sightings of the Teh-lan could be found.
The Stats – (Where applicable)
• Classification: Hominid
• Size: 3 to 4 feet tall
• Weight: Unknown
• Diet: Frogs and other small animals
• Location: Nepal and Sikkim
• Movement: Bipedal walking
• Environment: Steamy mountain valleys