An unrecognizable animal was spotted walking on a wooden fence in New Jersey and the photo has made its way to Reddit.com where readers are speculating on exactly what the strange-looking animal could be.
The black-skinned animal with long toes, a long snout and extremely long tail is pictured on top of a fence, facing away from the camera.
And it also sparked many Chupacabra references. Every hairless freaky thing is now called a chupa by default, unfortunately. Here is the reddit post if you are interested in browsing Snooki and hockey jokes. It’s amazing how many people think the Jersey Devil is an actual animal. It is not. It is a legend. Same with the chupacabra. Not an actual individual animal but often used to denote a fox/coyote with mange. But that’s wrong. These aren’t monsters, they are normal animals that look strange because we are so used to seeing a mammal defined by its color and fur.
Ideas so far are:
If it is a wild animal, which is plausible, it has alopecia or mange.
The key in this picture would be the tail and feet/paws. Any ideas? Please support with references, not just guesses. We have enough of those.
Check out this piece on hairless beasties.
UPDATE: SOLVED thanks to Chilton Webb on the Monster Talk facebook page. It’s a squirrel.
So, the New Jersey story. Fake. This picture was posted to the Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation back in May. It is a fox squirrel, hairless, with food it its mouth.
Don’t trust Reddit.
Tip: Ron Bolton