Killer 'Hybrid Mutant' creature found dead in Maine
August 16, 2006

The Associated Press is reporting the discovery of a strange 'Hybrid Mutant' creature in Maine.

In an unrelated story, researchers in Australia said pre-historic Australian animals were killed by starvation resulting from climate change, not humans. The above picture shows a creature resembling a giant wombat known as Diprotodon australis. Image courtesy of University of Melbourne and La Trobe University
The animal, described as a 40 and 50 pound animal with "a bushy tail, a short snout, short ears and curled fangs hanging over its lips," was apparently hit by a car as it chased a cat across a rural road in Androscoggin County.

The creature had been blamed for a series of attacks on dogs and was the subject of local legend.

The Sun Journal of Lewiston quoted a Michelle O'Donnell of Turner, Maine, who had recently spotted the animal before it was killed.

"It was evil, evil looking. And it had a horrible stench I will never forget," she told the paper. "We locked eyes for a few seconds and then it took off. I've lived in Maine my whole life and I've never seen anything like it."

The paper indicated that the carcass was photographed and inspected by several local people but no one could identify it. Theories ranged from an escaped hyena or dingo to a hybrid between a coyote and a wild dog.

UPDATE: The Associated Press reported Thursday that Loren Coleman, a Portland author and cryptozoologist, examined the beast and believed it was a feral dog. State wildlife biologists and local animal control officers did not examine the animal.

A feral animal is one that has escaped from domestication and returned to its wild state.

Picture courtesy of the Associated Press.

Warning: these pictures are graphic

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