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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I'M SURE THERE IS A PERFECTLY GOOD EXPLANATION FOR THESE WEIRD FEET...BUT WHAT IS IT

3 comments:

Dan said...

I'd agree with one of the comments on that article; the original photographer has simply detached the front legs of the thing from the body and reversed them.

If you look closely, the unusual paddle-like "feet" are the scapulae of the remains, and are attached to a single long bone. This long bone is attached to a pair lying closely together, and these are roughly inserted into the body of the corpse.

In other words, somebody found a dead dog washed up, pulled the front legs off, then reversed them to give this curious appearance. Whether the hoaxer and the finder are the same person or not I do not know, but this is definitely not a weird mutant of any sort.

The head is of a meat-eating mammal. The length of the limbs precludes it being a seal, and the jaw is too long for it to be a felid. It is just the sad remains of some dead dog, interfered with quite a long time post-mortem, and subsequently photographed by an idiot.

Viking said...

Some decomposed canine, where a hoaxer has attached is limps upside down for effect.
The alleged feet are the scapulae of the animal.

All the best
Viking

Carl said...

Looks like a dead fox to me. The feet are the scapulae from another animal; maybe another fox.
A definite hoax.