This week the Daily Telegraph, UK reported on a mysterious “hairless beast” dubbed an “Oriental yeti” trapped by hunters in the Sichuan province. The hunters were apparently in the area as the result of numerous bear sightings. The hunters never saw a bear but they did catch something although no one’s quite sure what. Hunter Lu Chi explained, “It looks a bit like a bear but it doesn’t have any fur and it has a tail like a kangaroo. It also does not sound like a bear – it has a voice more like a cat and it is calling all the time – perhaps it is looking for the rest of its kind or maybe it’s the last one?”
Or maybe it’s an animal with mange. That’s my call as well as that of cryptozoologist and author Loren Coleman who believes the mystery animal is actually an Asian palm civet or common civet with a hair problem. What species it really is should be determined after DNA testing in Beijing is complete.
Why do I think it’s an animal with mange? Because I’m from Texas, where every time Lone Star beer goes on sale somebody claims to see a chupacabra. The witnesses show up at the newspaper office or sheriff’s department the next day, terribly hungover with a scratchy cell phone video of some pathetic looking animal that nine times out of ten turns out to be a dog or a coyote with mange. And despite the fact that it looks just like a hairless dog or a coyote the story is somehow deemed important enough to make evening news.
What do y’all think? Is the above a Chinese Yeti Chupacabra Cat or some poor animal with mange? Inquiring minds want to know!