A Brief Interview With the Boston Yeti: ‘I’m a Vegan’

He just wants to see people smile.
Image via BostonYeti2015

Image via BostonYeti2015

When he’s not delicately placing his paw-like hands on parking meters, wondering if he’s exempt from parking bans, or centering his mind during an outdoor yoga session, the Boston Yeti is just generally bringing joy to the city of Boston.

Late Monday night, as the first few inches of snow fell on the area, the so-called “Boston Yeti” emerged from hiding and began walking the streets of Somerville. By Tuesday morning, as the heaviest snow from the blizzard pummeled the Bay State, the Yeti had already become a fixture for anyone sitting at home staring at a smartphone or tablet, tracking the storm.

Later in the afternoon, the Yeti racked up more than 4,000 followers on Twitter, where he kept fans up-to-date on his adventures, and garnered attention from the likes of Pee-wee Herman and a few national media outlets.

After trudging through the tundra, and scouring the mounds of snow that have piled up, Boston was able to track down the much-talked-about Yeti, and find out just exactly where he’s headed. Here’s what he had to say:

Where were you hiding before it started to snow?

Here and there. The woods, mainly.

What have you done in Boston since emerging?

Waving to kids, bustling through the snow showers. Trying to make as many people smile as possible.

What’s been your favorite part of walking around Boston so far?

Seeing everyone smile. The messages on social media and in person have been touching. Bringing smiles to peoples faces was [and] is the goal!

Any run-ins with the Animal Rescue League? They have nets.

They only honked and waved. I think they’re happy a friendly cryptid is out and among the community.

Have you eaten anyone’s cat? We know you need nourishment.

I’m a vegan.

Have you shoveled at all for anyone?

Yes, two separate families that needed an extra claw…I mean, hand. They promised not to take my photo if I shoveled. I was more than happy to help.

Rumor has it there are at least two other Yetis roaming around—have you met them?

I have not met them. I’m flattered others are feeling the positive energy of the real, original, and only Boston Yeti. (That’s me.)

If two Yetis were to get in a fight in a snowstorm, which Yeti would win?

I assume you mean pillow fight. In that case, it would probably end in a draw.

What do you say to the people who think you’re nothing but a guy in a costume walking around? You know, the non-believers.

People will believe whatever they want. I know my existence has been debated for decades. In some ways it’s fun to think some don’t believe. All I can say is that I’m very real and love everyone—even those non-believers.

Where will you end up next?

I’ve had a craving for salad, strangely enough. Being a vegan, my options are limited. Do you know by chance if True Bistro is open today?

It might be. 


Steve Annear Steve Annear, Digital Writer at Boston Magazine sannear@bostonmagazine.com


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