Earlier this week these graphic photos surfaced of an animal carcass that washed up on the shores of the East River in Manhattan, New York.
It seemed that everyone, from scientists and naturalists to the most insane bum on the street corner, had a theory regarding the identity of the animal.
I’ve heard many possibilities and wild theories, including a giant mutant street rat which had formed due to the pollution in the East River, a chupacabra, a pig carcass that was disposed of in the river during a cookout, a rabid raccoon, or even an alien from another planet whose spacecraft crashed into the river. I guess the aliens do not possess the aquatic landing skills of Sully Sullenberger.
Most experts seem to agree that the carcass is likely that of a dog that fell into the river and drowned, which is bloated and partially decomposed, hence the lack of fur. This is New York City though, a place where we like to believe in the strange and weird, because we see strange and weird occurrences walking down the street almost every day. I would not be shocked if this was the corpse of a giant subway rat, which had mutated due to pollution, because I’ve seen that disgusting water up close. Or maybe the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are real, and Shredder finally killed their sensei, Master Splinter.
The carcass looks very similar to that of the “Montauk Monster” which washed up on the East End of Long Island in July of 2008 (picture below). This photo was taken of the corpse before it mysteriously vanished, and it was ruled to most likely be that of a bloated, decomposing raccoon. However, some still believe it was the carcass of a mutated animal which escaped from nearby Plum Island Animal Disease Center, and drowned in the Long Island Sound.