This list of weird animals includes the unknown, unexplained, unidentified – and just plain terrifying. The pictures of weird creatures found all over the planet (and the Internet) will make you squint and ask, "What the hell is that?" Photos of them get circulated everywhere, from random no-name blogs to national and international news networks, giving everyone a chance to make their own quasi-educated (thanks to TV and movies) predictions regarding what scientists and Internet skeptics will find out.
What are the scariest creatures ever found? What weird animals actually exist? Have alien animals been found on Earth? Read up on both the hype and found reality of each of these animals and creatures, whatever they are. Then take a look at our roundup of paranormal animal encounters. Have fun sleeping tonight.
Hype: The story goes that local youths just found it, photographed it, then sold it to papers (yay, humanity!) Now, this happened near Plum Island Animal Disease Center, which brought up theories about the government doing weird experiments. Its dinosaur beak was pointed out along with the speculation that it could be a previously undiscovered prehistoric mammal.
Other possible identifications of the creature included a dog and a turtle without its shell (but turtles don't have teeth).
Reality: Larry Penny, the East Hampton Natural Resources Director, along with other experts, confirmed it was nothing more than a decomposing raccoon carcass, which matched dental and skeletal points but was missing its upper jaw.
Since the case of the Montauk Monster was solved, other carcasses have been found in the same area. A website called montauk-monster.com is dedicated to following up on these cases with photographs and insists that the similarities between all of the beasts means they are coming from Plum Island.
It seems like another one has washed ashore, this time on the other side of the country. A deformed creature was found on the shore of Seal Beach, California. It has been noted that it looks a lot like the original Montauk Monster. Could it be another raccoon? Or something different?
The Hype: On December 10, 2010 NBC 33 reported a picture that an anonymous hunter had found on his deer cam after coming back to his destroyed camp in Berwick, Louisiana. It was reported in news outlets around the world, illustrating the fact that if it's printed somewhere in "letters," local TV news will pick up news of the biblical apocalypse being here. The hunting picture shows a thin, gangly, fast-moving, seemingly nocturnal creature that can most likely swallow your soul with one backwards-sounding howl.
What's really the creepiest part of this whole thing is how powerful and mobile the creature looks.
Reality: The mystery hasn't completely been solved, although many believe it is a photoshopped hoax.
Two different companies tried to exploit this by saying the creature is part of their viral marketing campaign. The first was a report for J.J. Abram's Super 8, released in June of 2011. Movieweb.com linked the creature to the film because in a video, Cameron Marie Saunders, who worked on Super 8, talks about running into a "zombie" and having to cry in the scene. There was no further evidence that the creature was part of Super 8's viral marketing campaign.
Then Playstation claimed that the creature was a Grim from their Resistance 3 game and part of the marketing campaign. Insomniac Games posted an update to their Twitter that read "Whoops...looks like one got out. If you see a Grim on the loose...please return to Insomniac Games," which further convinced people that the truth had finally been revealed. This, of course, also isn't true because if Playstation/Insomniac Games had actually been behind this, they wouldn't have made the image so sad.
Some say that it's the same creature from a popular night vision video that is to this day unexplained. It's supposedly a "fallen angel" captured in the woods.
After that, two people on Reddit debated the very pixels in the picture, reaching no conclusion. Captainpremise basically disproved the picture using one side of pixel analysis in this post. The strongest counterpoint was then given by the user atavus68 in this response, so really, it's all up in the air.
Hype: A series of images depicting a ceremony for an alien-looking creature held by Thai villagers in 2007, complete with incense and baby powder, resurfaced in 2010 through social networks. Speculators suggested it was anything from an alien with its large, globe-like head and gray skin to a satyr with its tiny hooves and tail.
A debate over the nature of the ceremony also took place with some believing it to be a respectful funeral rite for the creature, treating it as a human. This idea came from the apparent grief on the villager's faces. Others said the ceremony was performed to dispel themselves from the evil surrounding the creature. There were even some who said the Thai villagers were worshipping the creature as a deity.
Reality: Apparently, it's a cow. Many guessed that the creature was a deformed cow, a fact that the villagers may have known all along, but it was so terrifyingly humanoid that a proper ceremony was given to it. Speculators point to the rising number of weird births of animals around the globe, going as far as suggesting that aliens are conducting experiments on animals.
Hype: While vacationing with his family in Concepcion, Chile, Julio Carreno found a tiny humanoid creature measuring 7.2 centimeters in a bush on October 1, 2002. The creature, which has a large human-like head was alive and opened its eyes before dying eight days later. It had fingernails and slanted eyes. Its originally pinkish color turned darker, and the corpse stayed warm before quickly mummifying itself. The family suggested that maybe this had occurred because they were keeping it in a first aid kit box in the refrigerator.
Several rumors spread about the story, such as people saying that the creature had made telepathic contact with the mother of the family. Others said the being had stood up, but the family denied that this had happened. Speculation of the creature's identification included the possibility of it being a wild cat's fetus or an alien.
Reality: The corpse was studied by veterinarians in Santiago, who are still divided over the creature's identity. They confirmed that the creature was neither a fetus nor the remains of a feline. Some matched the creature's physical characteristics to a mouse opossum, a common animal in Chile. Others disagreed because the creature did not have the small, pointed teeth or tail of a mouse opossum, and its head was double the size of one.