Mystery Creature in the Woods
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My friend Angie and I went on a nature hike today that lead us through all sorts of forested areas that we’d never explored previously. It was fantastic and a little scary in some places.
Toward the end of the day, we were poking around the area of a coulee behind some buildings, and the entire area just seemed weird. In my opinion, there was a strange vibe. Since it appeared we may have wandered into some private property, Angie returned to the car while I spend a few more minutes wandering around. The whole purpose of the hike was to find some great photo opportunities, as photography has become my “thing” lately.
After a few more minutes, I started to get a creepy sensation that I wasn’t alone, so I headed back up the trail to where Angie was waiting in the car. Before completely emerging, I saw an old looking shack/shed with a pile of wood beside it. On top of the woodpile was a weird shape. Initially, I thought maybe it was a piece of drift wood from the coulee, but upon slightly closer inspection, I determined that it was an animal. A dead one. The grass was pretty high and I was afraid of snakes or whatever else might be lurking in the area. I got as close as I dared, and snapped a photo. Then I sorta bolted the rest of the way back to the car.
What’s odd is that whatever this animal is, it wasn’t a skeleton and it wasn’t in a state of decomposition. It almost looked mummified. Even the eyes were still staring blankly ahead. What the heck is this?
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The creature had clearly defined back legs but no visible arms, although there were little stubs that looked almost like fins where the arms “should” be. I couldn’t tell if it had ears at one time or if the ears were just tiny. Here’s a zoomed in look.
Help me out. What kind of animal is this?
Scroll down for a few other photos I snapped in the area.