“Alien-Like” Creature Found on Australian Beach


| LAST UPDATE 04/07/2022

By Stanley Wickens
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Australia is home to some of our planet's most bizarre animal species that can only be found in the Land Down Under. The most recent creature on the list is an odd-looking animal that a man found perched on the shores of one of the country's beaches. Let's have a look, shall we?

Instagram user Alex Tan uploaded a video of the unidentifiable animal, and it has since gone viral on the platform. In the clip, Tan addressed the viewers, explaining that he "stumbled across something weird" that "you see when people claim that they found aliens." He then turned his camera to reveal a swollen, bizarre-looking creature lying on the wet sand. Here's the video of the unrecognizable creature (viewer discretion is advised)...

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"How weird is that?" Tan can be heard saying as he turns the camera away from the creature and back to himself. "Looks like a dehead[ed] possum, but different to anything I've seen - extraterrestrial." One Instagram user in the comments section said the strange discovery was perfectly in keeping with humanity's experience since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. "I mean, considering everything else the world has been hit with in the last 3 years, does an alien apocalypse sound so daunting? Bring it on, I say," they wrote. Others tagged Steve Irwin's children - Bindi and Robert Irwin - asking them whether they could help identify the creature.

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However, Alex Tan had his own theory of what the weird animal could y be. "I thought it was a three-metre flatty or something, but as I got closer, it looked like a cross between a dog, a possum, a kangaroo, and some sort of giant rat," he told 7NEWS.com.au. "Maybe something had come along and had a little nibble of it. I just think it's some sort of deformed possum." And apparently, his theory was backed by associate professor Stephen Johnston from the University of Queensland, who said it was probably "a swollen, waterlogged brushtail possum who has lost its fur." Leave it to Australia to surprise us with yet another startling discovery in the animal world. 

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