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Well, Some Sort of Monster Is on the Loose In Texas.

We live in a strange and confusing world. Gas prices soaring past minimum wage. There’s a new Avatar movie for some reason. Russia is up to something for sure. And now add to that already terrifying list this photo of some sort of …thing? …on the loose in Amarillo, Texas.

In the early hours of May 21, security camera footage near the Amarillo Zoo (of course) captured an image of what looks like some sort of goblin creature stalking the grounds by night. City officials are so baffled that they’re asking for the good people of Amarillo to help them solve the mystery. “Was it a person with a strange hat who likes to walk at night?” ran a press release. “A large coyote on its hind legs? A Chupacabra? It is a mystery – for Amarillo to help solve.”

Getting a bunch of amateur internet sleuths hot on the trail of a mystery monster. What could go wrong? Truth be told, this looks like the sort of problem you’d want to call Mulder and Scully in on, or maybe even Doctor Strange. More than anything, it looks like the sort of creature Scooby and the gang would unmask as a greedy old oil baron right before the credits rolled.

But since none of those entities are at hand, Amarillo citizens are going to have to handle it themselves. For now, it’s being referred to as a “Unidentified Amarillo Object” and all we know about it is that there was no sign of forced entry into the zoo and no animals were harmed by it. Whatever this thing is, it’s either polite or shy.

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“We just want to let the Amarillo community have some fun with this,” said City of Amarillo Director of Parks and Recreation Michael Kashuba, according to the Chronicle. “It is definitely a strange and interesting image. Maybe Amarillo can help solve the mystery of our UAO.”

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