Wacky Wednesday viral video: Mr. Snuffleupagus? (Updated)

Woolly mammoth spotted in Siberia

A beast lurches through icy waters in a sighting a paranormal investigator thinks could prove woolly mammoths are not extinct after all.
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The animal – thought to have mostly died out roughly 4,000 years ago – was apparently filmed wading through a river in the freezing wilds of Siberia.

The jaw-dropping footage was caught by a government-employed engineer last summer in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug region of Siberia, it is claimed.

Tip: Bigfoot Evidence and Doctor Atlantis

Blurry footage. From Russia. Hmm. You don’t think it could be fake, do you?

I won’t even mention that his looks NOTHING like a mammoth except for the brown furry part.

Siberia is wild, I guess, but there is no good evidence that mammoths still are alive there. This is not “good evidence”.

Bear with fish? CGI hoax? Mr. Snuffleupagus? More likely than this being a mammoth.

UPDATE (9-Feb-2012): This video is the copyright of one Michael Cohen of All News Web, a site that serves up nothing but nonsense as “The World’s Only Inter-Galactic Daily News Service”. Yeah…

UPDATE (10-Feb-2012): Benjamin Radford has this article that includes comments from a video-effects artist.

Derek Serra, a Hollywood video-effects artist who has previously analyzed faked UFO videos, told Life’s Little Mysteries that the video, in his opinion, appears to have been intentionally blurred, probably to obscure the animal’s true identity.

“Even low-resolution cameras can focus fairly well on something,” Serra said. “But there’s really nothing in this video in focus. The rocks in the foreground have a blur to them that doesn’t seem natural.”

It also includes other questions we ought to ask of this video before assuming that it is really as fantastic as The Sun says it is. Instead, there is ample reason to discount it as a hoax.

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  5 comments for “Wacky Wednesday viral video: Mr. Snuffleupagus? (Updated)

  1. February 8, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    I watched it before reading the text. At first I thought it looked like an elephant with a painted trunk, but I’m sure that was due to the suggestion in the title. I finally settled on a bear with a freakishly large (for that shallow water) fish in its mouth.

    I’d bet everything I own that it is NOT a mammoth.

    • Daran
      February 9, 2012 at 2:19 AM

      Yes it does look like a bear with a big fish

  2. idoubtit
    February 9, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    Bear? CGI bear+elephant? Just CGI?

    Hoax for sure.

  3. Massachusetts
    February 9, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Believe it or not, I used to have nightmares about Snuffleupagus when I was a kid. But I don’t think we have much to fear from this video. :) Probably a bear, I’d say. Sometimes it seems like the only people making blurry animal videos are cryptozoologists.

  4. AtlantaCPA
    February 13, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    http://news.discovery.com/animals/woolly-mammoth-video-121302.html

    Apparently CGI. If you’re going to fake a video, at least use one that isn’t up on Youtube already without your CGI boogeyman inserted.

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