On the bitterly cold morning of Nov. 16, police in Hudson, New York, responded to a call about an elderly woman who was reportedly frozen to death inside a parked car.
When police arrived, they found a snow-covered vehicle that appeared to have been parked for some time in the 5-degree weather. Looking through the car window, the officers saw a motionless woman in the front passenger seat, wearing an oxygen mask.
The officers smashed the window, only to find the woman was not actually a human. She was a mannequin.
As photos reveal, the fake woman was lifelike, fully clothed and buckled into the seat like a real person, with realistic hair and age spots on her face.
It turns out the dummy is used for CPR training, and that her owner is a sales representative for the manufacturer.
When the salesman eventually showed up at the scene, and explained he always drives around with his mannequin like that, and was angry at police for breaking his car window.
"He apparently was quite vocal and vulgar to my Sergeant," said Hudson Police Chief Edward Moore in a statement. But as Moore matter-of-factly explained: "If you park your locked vehicle on the street on a sub-zero night with a life size realistic mannequin seated in it ... we will break your window.”
Modern medical mannequins are extremely lifelike compared to the familiar department store versions, as NewsTarget.com observes. The Laerdal Medical company, for example, makes a pregnant mannequin called SimMom, which is described as “an advanced full body birthing simulator with accurate anatomy and functionality to facilitate multi-professional obstetric training of birth management, with both manual and automatic delivery modes.”
Mannequin sex dolls are incredibly realistic, too -- especially those made by the pioneering Real Doll company, as featured in the movie “Lars and the Real Girl,” starring Ryan Gosling.