A very unusual thing happened in Gouverneur, New York, on Wednesday: nine brains were found along a street in town.
Authorities have said there’s nothing to worry about -- the brains were most likely being used for educational or research purposes, the Associated Press reports.
Residents first found the brains near the railroad tracks and alerted police.
"And what are these you might ask? They appear to be brains," one Facebook user wrote alongside a picture of the brains. "Not sure I wanna [sic] know what type of animal they came from."
One local veterinarian noted that the brains had been removed professionally from either a dog or sheep and preserved in formaldehyde.
Mishaps with brains in the education and research field are not entirely uncommon. Last year, the University of Texas found that dozens of missing jarred brains had actually been destroyed in 2002 and hadn’t been misplaced.
No criminal activity is suspected in the Gouverneur case.
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