Photos of a half-developed creature found by a California woman went viral, prompting speculation that it was an alien life form.
The slimy, pink body was found by resident Gianna Peponis, who shared the photos on her Facebook wall.
“'I wasn't gunna [sic] post this but I can't stop trying to figure out wtf this thing is,” Peponis wrote.
“I heard something scream at like 11.30 last night and went out on my side yard and found this thing. It was dead when I found it... Share with your friends.”
The photo quickly went viral, with many speculating that it was the dead body of an alien.
“I don't know what the **** that is. If your friend is brave enough to remove it from their property, remind them to salt the ground afterwards. Nothing good can ever happen there now,” one viewer wrote in response to the disturbing creature.
The alien theories came after a strange blue light was spotted in California that many believed was a UFO. The Navy later clarified that it was a missile test.
More plausible theories subsequently emerged as to the mysterious creature’s identity after a photo was posted of a comparison to a fully intact deer fetus.
“'It's half of a deer fetus which has been chewed on by scavengers/predators,” one viewer wrote.
“'Hoofed animals can freak out and drop a fetus, amniotic sack and all, when scared. Or maybe it was a still birth. Either way, dinner is on mother nature tonight!”
Do you think the creature was an alien life form, or is there a more reasonable explanation?