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You can bet he's a yeti

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Whether you believe in them or not, a yeti has been sighted in the town of Ranchita.

Every distinctive destination has its iconic landmark. Coronado has its bridge. Cardiff has its Kook and Ranchita has its yeti.

"He's got a bunch of different names, but one of the most popular is Rancheti," said Levi Perry.

Levi works in the Ranchita store that shares the parking lot with the 11 foot fiberglass statue, which has become an S-22 photo op.

"Half the people they don't even get out of their cars. They just hold up their camera phone and click, they are back on the road," continued Levi.

Those that do stop are invited to take home a souvenir of their close encounter with the creature.

There are t-shirts, bumper sticks, cups and cup holders. But don't think for a moment that Rancheti is this two-lane town's only attraction. There's also a public library with two sections: fiction and non-fiction.

And a couple of other amenities, locals are quite proud of, such as the calm and quiet.

Joe Rauh, a relator by trade, erected the yeti to entice folks pull over and spend the rest of their lives here.

"A lot of people just pass us by here. I'd like to make them stay," said Joe.

It took Joe about a year to build the yeti and although it hasn't exactly ignited the real estate market, it has sparked a lot of stories from big foot believers.

"People come by and tell me about the Big Foot down here and the Big Foot down here, the Borrego Springs Sandman and I love them," said Joe.

Now he's just wondering if the big guy can get more folks to believe in Ranchita:

"It's just a wonderful community up here."

Joe's hoping you'll come for the creature and you'll stay for the creature comforts.

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